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The Beloved Brat (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 30 April 1938 (USA)
Drama about a problem child and her problem parents.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Lawrence Kimble (screen play), Jean Negulesco (from an original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonita Granville ... Roberta Morgan
Dolores Costello ... Helen Cosgrove
Donald Crisp ... John Morgan
Natalie Moorhead ... Evelyn Morgan
Lucile Gleason ... Miss Brewster (as Lucille Gleason)
Donald Briggs ... Jerome Williams
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Jenkins
Loia Cheaney Loia Cheaney ... Mrs. Jenkins
Leo Gorcey ... Spike Matz
Ellen Lowe Ellen Lowe ... Anna
Mary Doyle Mary Doyle ... Miss Mitchell
Paul Everton ... Judge Henry Harris
Bernice Pilot Bernice Pilot ... Mrs. White
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Pinkie White (as Stymie Beard)
Meredith White Meredith White ... Arabella White
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Storyline

Roberta Morgan is being raised in a wealthy-home where her mother is occupied with her society-club activities and her father is immersed in his business activities. She also feels that the hired help and her governess are against her, and, in her mind, only her father's confidential secretary-assistant seems to understand her needs and problems. Her incorrigibility leads to her being placed in a boarding school for problem girls. There, the secretary and the head of the school work a plan to win her over by giving her responsibilities for helping the younger girls in the school. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BELOVED - SHE'S A DARLING YOU WANT TO HUG TO YOUR HEART! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Too Much of Everything See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In two consecutive scenes between Donald Briggs and Dolores Costello, one interior and then exterior, first the shadow of the mike and then the mike and boom can be seen. See more »

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Insufferable brat is more like it...
19 September 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

BONITA GRANVILLE specialized in playing brattish kid sister roles throughout most of the '30s (when she wasn't playing Nancy Drew), and this is one of her more insufferable roles as a rich brat given to tossing dinner trays out the window when in a huff.

She plays the neglected daughter of DONALD CRISP, only instead of pouting the way Shirley Temple would do under these "dire" circumstances, Bonita takes a feistier approach, talking back to the house servants and refusing to eat her spinach with much more vehemence than Shirley ever showed.

She befriends a black boy, only because he promises to teach her how to use his rifle. LEO GORCEY turns up as another unlikely companion for the poor little rich girl and from then on the film becomes pretty unwatchable as Bonita is taught a thing or two about changing her snobbish ways.

By the time the plot gets any thicker, Bonita has totally lost the patience of her parents as well as the viewer. Too bad Warner Bros. couldn't come up with better scripts for their child star instead of casting her in these insipid programmers that are enough to wear anyone's patience.

Any resemblance to the real world is purely coincidental.

Trivia note: The script was written by Jean Negulesco, who later made a much better director than screenwriter.


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