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Brother Rat and a Baby (1940)

Passed | | Comedy | 13 January 1940 (USA)
Three comrades graduate from Viriginia Military Institute. Bing has a chance to return to VMI as a football coach.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

John Monks Jr. (original screen play), Fred F. Finklehoffe (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Priscilla Lane ... Joyce Winfree
Wayne Morris ... Billy Randolph
Jane Bryan ... Kate
Eddie Albert ... 'Bing' Edwards
Jane Wyman ... Claire Terry
Ronald Reagan ... Dan Crawford
Peter B. Good Peter B. Good ... Commencement
Arthur Treacher ... Snelling
Moroni Olsen ... Maj. Terry
Jessie Busley ... Mrs. Brooks
Larry Williams ... Harley Harrington
Berton Churchill ... Mr. Harper
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Harper
Paul Harvey ... Sterling Randolph
Mayo Methot ... Girl in Bus
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Storyline

'Bing Edwards (Eddie Albert), up for the baseball coaching job at Virginia Military Institute, is summoned to New York City by fellow-VMI grad Billy Randolph (Wayne Morris), who is going to "fix" everything for Bing, as his father, Sterling Randolph (Thurston Hall) is one of the alumni who will make the final decision. Everything is "fixed" so good that meddling Billy gets thrown out of his father's home. Big loses the job and their friend, Dan Crawford (Ronald Reagan) loses his job, with Billy responsible for all of the trouble. They all move into the apartment of the uncle Mr. Harper (Berton Churchill) of southern belle Kate (Jane Bryan) Kate, bringing more havoc to the already sticky-situation. Billy eventually pulls a publicity stunt involving the baby "Commencent" (Peter Good) that gets them all jobs with Mr. Harper's airline. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They're back with a bang! ...and a BABY.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Be Good See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$121,000
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Mayo Methot. See more »

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The telegram Bing receives on a Wednesday night shows a date that was actually a Friday that year. See more »

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Follows Brother Rat (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when the group arrives at the El Mecca Club
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OK Sequel To Brother Rat
30 June 2001 | by Randy_DSee all my reviews

This slightly less amusing sequel to Brother Rat is hampered by two performances. Wayne Morris' overzealousness and Eddie Albert's airheadedness (if that's even a word) tended to be more annoying than amusing. If their situations were written differently, perhaps, then maybe their characters' traits would have come across better. As it is, the only likeable Rat of the trio is the put-upon Dan Crawford, played by Ronald Reagan.

The women of Brother Rat and a Baby play a lesser role is this movie, much as they did in Brother Rat. That's a shame, too, since they are a very appealing trio, especially the beautiful 'Priscilla Lane' (qv), one of my all-time favorites. Although she does get top billing in this film, she doesn't have much to do. Too bad.

More interaction between the three main couples and less nonsense could've made this a much better movie.


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