Brother Rat Overview:

Brother Rat (1938) was a Comedy Film directed by William Keighley and produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner and Robert Lord.


Cadets at the Virginia Military Institute stick up for one another when one falls in love with (and secretly marries) the major's daughter. Albert reprises his stage role in his film debut. Remade in 1952 as About Face.

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Warner Archive Wednesday ~ Brother Rat (1938) and Brother Rat and a Baby (1940)

By Raquel Stecher on Mar 12, 2014 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

Source Many moons ago I caught the tail end of the film Brother Rat (1938) on TCM. I was particularly drawn by the film's youthful cast, the collegiate setting and the slapstick humor. When I went to search for a way to watch this film in its entirety I discovered that the film and its sequel Brot... Read full article

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Frank Coghlan Jr. is in studio records/casting call lists as "Fourth Classman," but he was not seen in the movie.
After this picture was completed, Ronald Reagan was made an honorary "Brother Rat" at Virginia Military Institute.
The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 16 December 1936 and closed in May 1938 after 577 performances. Eddie Albert originated his movie role as Bing Edwards in the play. The opening night cast also included Frank Albertson as Billy Randolph, Wyn Cahoon as Joyce Winfree, José Ferrer as Dan Crawford and Ezra Stone as Misto Bottome.
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Also directed by William Keighley

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Also produced by Hal B. Wallis

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Also released in 1938

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