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Genre  Comedy
Cinematography  Ernest Haller
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

Director  William Keighley
Music director  Heinz Eric Roemheld
Country  United States
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Writer  Jerry Wald, John Monks, Jr., Fred Finklehoffe
Release date  October 29, 1938 (1938-10-29)
Cast  Ronald Reagan (Dan Crawford), Jane Wyman (Claire Adams), Priscilla Lane (Joyce Winfree), Wayne Morris (Billy Randolph), Eddie Albert ('Bing' Edwards), Jane Bryan (Kate Rice)
Similar movies  Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman appear in Brother Rat and Brother Rat and a Baby

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Brother Rat is a 1938 film about cadets at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, directed by William Keighley and starring Ronald Reagan, Priscilla Lane, Eddie Albert, Jane Wyman and Wayne Morris.


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The film was an adaptation of the successful Broadway play of the same name written by two former VMI cadets, John Monks, Jr. and Fred Finklehoffe, which ran for 577 performances between December 1936 and April 1938. Albert and supporting actor William Tracy reprised their roles in the stage productions.

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Brother Rat was Albert's film debut, and during filming Reagan met Wyman, whom he later married.

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The title refers to the term used for cadets in their first year at the Institute. Scenes of the film were shot on site in Lexington on the Institute's historic Parade Ground, and the baseball game scene was filmed at Alumni Memorial Field.

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  • Ronald Reagan - Dan Crawford
  • Priscilla Lane - Joyce Winfree
  • Eddie Albert - Bing Edwards
  • Jane Wyman - Claire Adams
  • Wayne Morris - Billy Randolph
  • Johnnie Davis - A. Furman Towsend, Jr.
  • Jane Bryan - Kate Rice
  • Henry O'Neill - Colonel Ramm
  • Gordon Oliver - Capt. 'Lacedrawers' Rogers
  • William Tracy - Misto Bottome
  • Jessie Busley - Mrs. Brooks
  • Olin Howland - Slim
  • Louise Beavers - Jenny
  • Isabel Withers - Nurse
  • Reception

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    Frank S. Nugent of The New York Times called the film "an excellent transcription of the play, loyal to all its screenable material and matching the playwrights' lively humors in the added scenes." "None of the factors that made the play a success has been lost ... Albert gives a splendid performance," reported Variety. Film Daily wrote that Keighley gave the film "warm, sympathetic direction and has injected many human touches," and called Eddie Albert "a definite screen 'find'". Harrison's Reports declared it "A delightful comedy" with "excellent" performances. John Mosher of The New Yorker called it "a serviceable time-filler."


    At the Virginia Military Institute, roommates Billy Randolph (Wayne Morris), Dan Crawford (Ronald Reagan) and Bing Edwards (Eddie Albert) are three good-natured troublemakers who are trying to clean up their act in the weeks leading up to graduation. Still, try as they might, they cannot seem to stop breaking the rules. When the secretly married Edwards learns his wife (Jane Bryan) is pregnant, his preoccupation leads to events that really send everything out of order.


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