Brother Rat and a Baby (1940)

87 mins | Comedy | 13 January 1940

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HISTORY

This picture was a sequel to Warner Bros. 1938 picture Brother Rat . Several of the character names cited by the Var review differ from those found on the film and other sources. Although the onscreen credits attribute original screenplay to John Monks and Fred Finklehoffe, the DV review credits Jerry Wald and Richard Macaulay with screenplay.
       Brother Rat and a Baby marked the final screen appearance of actress Jane Bryan (1918--2009), who retired shortly after her marriage to industrialist Justin ... More Less

This picture was a sequel to Warner Bros. 1938 picture Brother Rat . Several of the character names cited by the Var review differ from those found on the film and other sources. Although the onscreen credits attribute original screenplay to John Monks and Fred Finklehoffe, the DV review credits Jerry Wald and Richard Macaulay with screenplay.
       Brother Rat and a Baby marked the final screen appearance of actress Jane Bryan (1918--2009), who retired shortly after her marriage to industrialist Justin Dart. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
31 Dec 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Jan 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 39
pp. 4-5.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jan 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
25 Nov 39
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Jan 40
p. 38, 40
New York Times
27 Jan 40
p. 9.
Variety
10 Jan 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture; Jack L. Warner, in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Contr to scr const and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 January 1940
Production Date:
began late September 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 January 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9340
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5634
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Two years after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute, Bing Edwards is being considered for the job of head coach at his alma mater. Because his father is on the hiring committee, the fast-talking, free-spending Billy Randolph is certain that he can win his old friend Bing the job and, consequently, summons Bing, his wife Kate and son Commencement to New York. They are to stay with Kate's uncle, John Harper, the wealthy owner of International Airways. Bing arrives just as Uncle John is leaving on a business trip for Washington D.C., and he gives Bing money to pay for a C.O.D. package, which he asks Bing to send to Washington. Bing has come without his wife and son because Commencement swallowed a diamond ring on the trip and is being detained until he "returns" the ring. Billy talks Bing into using the C.O.D. money to pay for the ring, only to discover later that the ring is worthless and they can not get their money back. Next, Billy hocks Uncle John's priceless Stradivarius violin to pay for the cab ride after a night out on the town with his sweetheart, Joyce Winfree, and his old roommate, Dan Crawford, and his girl friend, Claire Terry. Billy then loses Bing the coaching job by sending fake telegrams to the hiring committee, endorsing Bing for the job. Misfortune visits Dan when Commencement destroys some illustrations and he is fired from his job. A relentless Billy comes to their rescue by selling Joan's ticket to Hawaii to pay for the C.O.D. package and the violin. Just as all their problems seem ... +


Two years after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute, Bing Edwards is being considered for the job of head coach at his alma mater. Because his father is on the hiring committee, the fast-talking, free-spending Billy Randolph is certain that he can win his old friend Bing the job and, consequently, summons Bing, his wife Kate and son Commencement to New York. They are to stay with Kate's uncle, John Harper, the wealthy owner of International Airways. Bing arrives just as Uncle John is leaving on a business trip for Washington D.C., and he gives Bing money to pay for a C.O.D. package, which he asks Bing to send to Washington. Bing has come without his wife and son because Commencement swallowed a diamond ring on the trip and is being detained until he "returns" the ring. Billy talks Bing into using the C.O.D. money to pay for the ring, only to discover later that the ring is worthless and they can not get their money back. Next, Billy hocks Uncle John's priceless Stradivarius violin to pay for the cab ride after a night out on the town with his sweetheart, Joyce Winfree, and his old roommate, Dan Crawford, and his girl friend, Claire Terry. Billy then loses Bing the coaching job by sending fake telegrams to the hiring committee, endorsing Bing for the job. Misfortune visits Dan when Commencement destroys some illustrations and he is fired from his job. A relentless Billy comes to their rescue by selling Joan's ticket to Hawaii to pay for the C.O.D. package and the violin. Just as all their problems seem resolved, Commencement breaks Uncle John's priceless ship's model, Claire's father orders her home, and Commencement sets fire to the Harpers' apartment. When all seems lost, Billy stows Commencement aboard Uncle John's new Peru-bound plane as a goodwill gesture, and the resulting publicity wins them all a job at the airline. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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