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Brother Rat (1938)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 29 October 1938 (USA)
Story of three buddies at the Virginia Military Institute. Cadet Bing Edwards is secretly married and soon to be a father.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Richard Macaulay (screen play), Jerry Wald (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Priscilla Lane ... Joyce Winfree
Wayne Morris ... Billy Randolph
Johnnie Davis ... A. Furman Towsend, Jr.
Jane Bryan ... Kate Rice
Eddie Albert ... 'Bing' Edwards
Ronald Reagan ... Dan Crawford
Jane Wyman ... Claire Adams
Henry O'Neill ... Colonel Ramm
Gordon Oliver ... Capt 'Lacedrawers' Rogers
Larry Williams Larry Williams ... Harley Harrington
William Tracy ... Misto Bottome (as William Tracey)
Jessie Busley ... Mrs. Brooks
Olin Howland ... Slim
Louise Beavers ... Jenny
Isabel Withers Isabel Withers ... Nurse
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Story of three buddies at the Virginia Military Institute. Cadet Bing Edwards is secretly married and soon to be a father.

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Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cadetes do Barulho See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ronald Reagan met his first wife Jane Wyman during the production of this film. See more »

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Version of About Face (1952) See more »

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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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VMI grad was right
19 March 2009 | by Michael MorrisonSee all my reviews

These Warner Brothers players are always fun to watch. Anyone who hasn't seen this sort-of-classic movie really should watch it.

In Ronald Reagan's first autobiography -- "Where's the Rest of Me?" -- he tells the story of a staff meeting or perhaps dinner gathering during World War II.

Lt. Reagan says to the commander, We've got something in common, sir: You attended Virginia Military Institute and I was in a movie about the school.

The commander, possibly a colonel, maybe a general, replied to the effect, That was one of the silliest damn things I ever saw.

It was. Pretty darn silly.

But fun in spots, and, as Reagan said, Eddie Albert was "discovered" and became a major star, although that doesn't explain "Green Acres."

All in all, with this collection of major stars -- although with some, stardom came later -- any movie fan, and especially any film historian, really ought to see this. At least once.


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