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Rhubarb (1951)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 8 February 1952 (France)
Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Dorothy Davenport (screenplay) (as Dorothy Reid), Francis M. Cockrell (screenplay) (as Francis Cockrell) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Eric Yeager
Jan Sterling ... Polly Sickles
Gene Lockhart ... Thaddeus J. Banner
William Frawley ... Len Sickles
Elsie Holmes Elsie Holmes ... Myra Banner
Taylor Holmes ... P. Duncan Munk
Willard Waterman ... Orlando Dill
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Dud Logan
James Griffith ... Ogelthorpe 'Oggie' Meadows (as James W. Griffith)
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Doom
Donald MacBride ... Pheeny
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Mr. Fisher
Orangey ... Rhubarb (as Rhubarb)
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Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the team protests, publicist Eric Yeager convinces them Rhubarb is good luck. But Eric's fiancée Polly seems to be allergic to cats, and the team's success may mean new hazards for Rhubarb. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Family | Sport

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Trivia

Leonard Nimoy made an uncredited appearance as a baseball player in this film. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie when rhubarb is being chased by dogs across the golf course, rhubarb runs into the bushes a golf ball lying on the ground shifts positions (without being touched) one second before the dogs enter the bushes. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The opening cast list ends: "and introducing the newest addition to Hollywood's great galaxy of stars -- that dynamic, exciting, scintillating personality RHUBARB (by special arrangement with the S.P.C.A.) ...A.H.A. Y.M.C.A. U.C.L.A. B.P.O.E. R.F.C.)" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Comedy of Terrors (1963) See more »

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IT'S A PRIV'LEGE TO LIVE IN BROOKLYN
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by cast
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Purr-fectly enjoyable film
30 July 2001 | by jcholguinSee all my reviews

A true classic especially for those lovers of furry little beasts and baseball. Gene Lockhart is delightful as T.J. Banner, owner of a baseball team that is not very good. He adopts a cat, a mean cat that has a "fire in his heart" that T.J. wants his ball team to have. That is why the name of Rhubarb is given to the cat. The team at first cannot stand being the laughing stock of the baseball world with a "cat" as the mascot. When another team brings a dog to chase Rhubarb the cat is the victor and the team slowly begins to behave with the "fighting spirit of the cat." Before T.J. can see all of this he dies and leaves his baseball team to Rhubarb with Ray Milland "Eric Yaeger" as the protector of the cat. This "cat team" starts to win and win and win. A must see comedy for all.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1952 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Aj, som katten See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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