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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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screwball comedy--poking fun at baseball, superstition, and New York vs. Brooklyn See more (17 total) »


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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

Also Known As:
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?

Leonard Nimoy made an uncredited appearance as a baseball player in this one.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 »
Judge:[to Polly Sickles] You're sneezing under oath. An untrue sneeze could find you guilty of perjury.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Comedy of Terrors (1963)See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
screwball comedy--poking fun at baseball, superstition, and New York vs. Brooklyn, 19 September 1998
Author: spotter-2 from SF Bay Area

The movie is great fun. However, younger viewers, i.e Gen-Xers may not get some of the references. The plot is about a lovable but crusty industrialist, T. J. Banner, who finds a even more crustier cat which he names Rhubarb. When the man dies, six years later, he lives his fortune and baseball team, the Brookln Loons, to Rhubarb. Ray Milland plays the dead man's attorney Eric Yeager who is assigned as guardian to the the cat. The team resist the idea of being owned by the cat until Yeager convinces them that the cat is a good luck charm. Complicating matters is the late owner's daughter who was left with nothing and Yeager's fiancee, who is the teams manager's daughter, Polly Sickles, played by Jan Sterling, who is allergic to Rhubarb. This condition prevents the couple from marrying.

This movie is a skewed window on a bygone era. What I found amusing is that a TV broadcast broke away from a game during play for a commercial. Something I've never seen. Polly's reaction was no doubt standard for fans of that era.

Watch for the ending where Sterling's real-life husband, Paul Douglas, is sitting at a park bench, as Sterling, Milland, and Rhubarb walk by.

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