The Brat (1931)

60 or 67 mins | Comedy-drama | 20 September 1931

Director:

John Ford

Cinematographer:

Joseph August

Editor:

Alex Troffey

Production Designer:

John Ducasse Schulze

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The play on which this film was based had a New York opening on 5 Mar 1917. Other films based on the play include the 1919 Metro Pictures Corp. film The Brat, directed by Herbert Blaché and starring Nazimova and Charles Bryant, and the 1940 20th Century-Fox film The Girl From Avenue A (see ... More Less

The play on which this film was based had a New York opening on 5 Mar 1917. Other films based on the play include the 1919 Metro Pictures Corp. film The Brat, directed by Herbert Blaché and starring Nazimova and Charles Bryant, and the 1940 20th Century-Fox film The Girl From Avenue A (see entries). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
2 Aug 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Filmograph
13 Jun 31
p. 20.
Hollywood Filmograph
22 Jun 31
p. 26.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 31
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Jul 31
p. 34.
New York Times
24 Aug 31
p. 13.
Variety
25 Aug 31
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
John Ford Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
WRITERS
Adpt, cont and dial
Adpt, cont and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
PRODUCTION MISC
Mus mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Brat by Maude Fulton (Los Angeles, 20 Apr 1916).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 September 1931
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 21 Aug 1931
Production Date:
11475
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 July 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2387
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 67
Length(in feet):
6,000
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Novelist MacMillan "Mack" Forester, at work on his next novel, is looking for a possible subject for a character study in a downtown night court with his friend, Judge O'Flathery. As they examine the parade of petty criminals, Mack becomes interested in The Brat, a seventeen-year-old street urchin who has been charged with stealing food, and pays her bail in order to win her favor. The Brat accepts Mack's offer to live in the Forester country estate, which is occupied by his mother, his two live-in lovers and his brother Steven. Making herself at home, The Brat offers her city-smart wisdom to Mack and his family, and eventually gains acceptance by the Foresters. When Steven makes known to The Brat his feelings of alienation and disillusionment, she advises him to follow his heart and go West, where his deceased father has left him a ranch. Although grateful for the advice, Steven realizes he has fallen in love with The Brat and hesitates to take it. The Brat also admonishes Steven's mother on her lack of compassion in dealing with Steven when he comes home drunk one night. When The Brat begins to fall in love with Mack, Mack's live-in lovers become jealous of her, and a fight ensues. Responding to protests from his mother, Mack reassures her that as soon as he finishes the book, The Brat will go, leaving him free to court the kind of women of which she approves. When The Brat learns that Mack and his mother have devised a plan to sell Steven's ranch in order to buy Mack a yacht, she becomes incensed. Later, a fight ... +


Novelist MacMillan "Mack" Forester, at work on his next novel, is looking for a possible subject for a character study in a downtown night court with his friend, Judge O'Flathery. As they examine the parade of petty criminals, Mack becomes interested in The Brat, a seventeen-year-old street urchin who has been charged with stealing food, and pays her bail in order to win her favor. The Brat accepts Mack's offer to live in the Forester country estate, which is occupied by his mother, his two live-in lovers and his brother Steven. Making herself at home, The Brat offers her city-smart wisdom to Mack and his family, and eventually gains acceptance by the Foresters. When Steven makes known to The Brat his feelings of alienation and disillusionment, she advises him to follow his heart and go West, where his deceased father has left him a ranch. Although grateful for the advice, Steven realizes he has fallen in love with The Brat and hesitates to take it. The Brat also admonishes Steven's mother on her lack of compassion in dealing with Steven when he comes home drunk one night. When The Brat begins to fall in love with Mack, Mack's live-in lovers become jealous of her, and a fight ensues. Responding to protests from his mother, Mack reassures her that as soon as he finishes the book, The Brat will go, leaving him free to court the kind of women of which she approves. When The Brat learns that Mack and his mother have devised a plan to sell Steven's ranch in order to buy Mack a yacht, she becomes incensed. Later, a fight between Steven and Mack over The Brat ensues, and when Steven loses, he decides to leave for the West. The Brat becomes troubled by his absence, realizing that Mack's love is insincere and Steven's genuine. Mack, wracked with guilt over his poor treatment of The Brat, proposes to her, but she rejects him and asserts her love for Steven. Mack takes pity on her and convinces his mother to forgo the yacht purchase so they can turn over the ranch to Steven and The Brat as a wedding present. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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