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Rhubarb -- A charming and fast-paced screwball comedy starring screen legend Ray Milland and enchanting beauty Jan Sterling. Trouble follows when an eccentric millionaire bequeaths his fortune - and his baseball team - to his pet cat!


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Release Date:
8 February 1952 (France) See more »
The Story of the Millionaire Tomcat ... who inherits a big-league ball team! See more »
Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015
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Ray Milland ... Eric Yeager

Jan Sterling ... Polly Sickles

Gene Lockhart ... Thaddeus J. Banner

William Frawley ... Len Sickles
Elsie Holmes ... Myra Banner
Taylor Holmes ... P. Duncan Munk
Willard Waterman ... Orlando Dill
Henry Slate ... Dud Logan

James Griffith ... Ogelthorpe 'Oggie' Meadows (as James W. Griffith)
Jim Hayward ... Doom
Donald MacBride ... Pheeny
Hal K. Dawson ... Mr. Fisher
Orangey ... Rhubarb (as Rhubarb)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooks Benedict ... Dill's Lawyer #1 (uncredited)
Sedal Bennett ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edward Biby ... Weather Forecaster (uncredited)

Billie Bird ... Mona Lizzie (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Police Radio Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Emily Thompson (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Cadaver Jones (uncredited)
Herman Boden ... Photographer (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Woman with Dog (uncredited)
John Breen ... Western Union Boy (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Dill's Lawyer #2 (uncredited)
Morgan Brown ... Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
Joseph Bryan ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Charles D. Campbell ... Announcer (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire ... Mr. Seegle - Board Member (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Judge Loudermilk (uncredited)
Tristram Coffin ... Dr. Henry J. Stillman (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Sporting Goods Store Customer (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Officer (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Bartender (uncredited)

Paul Douglas ... Man on Park Bench (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Pencil Louie's Driver (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Policeman in Garden (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Frank Fiumara ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
James Flavin ... O'Leary, Manhattan Police Chief (uncredited)
Howard Gardiner ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Adda Gleason ... Maid (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Golfer (uncredited)
Sandra Gould ... Housewife Bettor (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Baseball Player (uncredited)

Mack Gray ... Suspect in Polo Coat in Line-Up (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Policeman (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Detective (uncredited)
Tom Hanlon ... Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Buck Harrington ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Hans Herbert ... Doctor (uncredited)
F. Herrick Herrick ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Golfer (uncredited)
Wally Hood ... Umpire (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Policeman (uncredited)
Curtis Jarrett ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dolly Jarvis ... Photographer (uncredited)
Richard Karlan ... Pencil Louie (uncredited)
Harold J. Kennedy ... Sporting Goods Salesman (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Michele Lange ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Grace Lenard ... Kitty (uncredited)
Arthur Lovejoy ... Minister (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Golfer (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Policeman at Ballpark (uncredited)

Strother Martin ... Michael 'Shorty' McGirk (uncredited)
Edwin Max ... Fish Eye (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Mr. Reese - Board Member (uncredited)
Stanley McKay ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
William Meader ... Photographer (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Rex Moore ... Caddy (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Process Server (uncredited)

Leonard Nimoy ... Young Baseball Player (uncredited)
Will Orleans ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Stanley Orr ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Ruth Packard ... Minister's Wife (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
Sam Pierce ... Barber (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Henchman (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Katie (uncredited)
Anthony Radecki ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Roberta Richards ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Eddie - Brooklyn Police Chief (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... St. Louis Baseball Player (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Hamburger Harry - Bookie (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Mr. Thompson (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Henchman (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Fan with Binoculars (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Big Head Charlie - Bookie (uncredited)
Gus Taillon ... Sexton (uncredited)
Joseph Terry ... Caddy (uncredited)
Bill Thorpe ... Ball Player (uncredited)
William Thourlby ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Harry Varteresian ... Elbert (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... St. Louis Manager (uncredited)
Ben Welden ... Oily Moe - Bookie (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Golfer (uncredited)
Hank Wise ... Baseball Pitcher (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Mr. Carroll - Board Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Lubin 
Writing credits
Dorothy Davenport (screenplay) (as Dorothy Reid) and
Francis M. Cockrell (screenplay) (as Francis Cockrell)

H. Allen Smith (based on the novel by)

David Stern  additional dialogue

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
George Seaton .... producer
Original Music by
Van Cleave 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon 
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ross Dowd 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Geraldine Cole .... hair stylist
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
William Mull .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Day .... assistant director (as Chico Day)
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound
Harry D. Mills .... sound (as Harry Mills)
Visual Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Other crew
Frank Inn .... cat trainer
Arthur Jacobson .... assistant to producers
Charles Reid .... set veterinarian (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15304)

Did You Know?

Fourteen different cats portrayed Rhubarb at different points in the film. Each cat was trained to do a different trick. Three of the most identical cats appeared in the courtroom scene where Polly Sickles has to choose which one is the real Rhubarb.See more »
Revealing mistakes: At the end of the opening sequence, when Rhubarb is pursuing the fleeing dog past a shop, the film is clearly reversed - the word "Furniture" over the shop front is mirrored, as is the wording on the mailbox.See more »
Ball Player:A Rhubarb. It's a donnybrook... a dust-up...
Eric Yeager:[takes phone] Lady, you know what happens at a sale, when two women get hold of the same dress? THAT's a Rhubarb!
[slams phone down]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Comedy of Terrors (1963)See more »


List: Wacky baseball
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
a long time favorite, 1 August 2006
Author: willieb-3 from United States

The beautiful Jan Sterling was, in real life, married to Paul Douglas. At the end of Rhubarb she and Ray Milland walk through central park, with Rhubarb, following are three female cats, each with several kittens following them. - As they pass a man, sitting, reading a newspaper, he looks up - it turns out to be Paul Douglas who comments about the cat having a litter by three wives (A Letter To Three Wives being a film Douglas was starring in). No real baseball teams are mentioned, though its clear the main team is the Brooklyn Dodgers. The series game at the end of the film is between the Dodgers and the New York Giants. 6 degrees of baseball movies.... Milland also starred in the baseball classic "It Happens Every Spring" along with Paul Douglas. Paul Douglas was in the original "Angels in the Outfield" William Frawly was in several baseball films including "Kill The Umpire" with William Bendix (who portrayed Babe Ruth in the Babe Ruth in the Babe Ruth Story).

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