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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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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Mayo Methot. See more »

Goofs

The delivery man says the Harper home is "off his route" but a few moments earlier it was established that the mansion was "just around the corner" from a jewelry store on Fifth Avenue. Manhattan would be a common stop in any delivery company's route. See more »

Connections

Follows Brother Rat (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played when Billy announces his wedding plans
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Because YOU demanded it! …or did you?
24 October 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Clean-cut Virginia Military Institute cadets Wayne Morris (as Billy Randolph), Eddie Albert (as Bing Edwards), and Ronald Reagan (as Dan Crawford) return from "Brother Rat" (1938) to struggle for work in the post-graduate world. Wife Jane Bryan (as Kate), who provided the titular "Commencement" baby, plus girlfriends Pricilla Lane (as Joyce) and Jane Wyman (as Claire) are also back. The tagline screamed, "They're back with a bang! …and a BABY" - but, only a few viewers had even asked.

The film is always trying to sparkle, but never quite does. It's most notable as the movie that accompanied, approximately, the wedding of future U.S. President Reagan and his pretty "first" lady. She was always quiet and dignified about their split; to paraphrase Ms. Wyman, they broke up because she could never learn to stay home and cook him a hamburger.

Isn't that nicely put?

**** Brother Rat and a Baby (1/13/40) Ray Enright ~ Wayne Morris, Eddie Albert, Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman


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