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Brother Rat And A Baby
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This comedy is the sequel of Brother Rat. The film begins with the three original protagonists after their graduation from the Virginia Military Institute. One of them has just applied for a job as the academy's baseball coach and the others come to assist him. Mayhem ensues; especially after the two well-meaning friends steal the would-be coach's baby and put it aboard a plane headed for Peru. The babe finally comes back and the ensuing publicity gets the coach his dream job. Meanwhile, the other two finally get the girls of their dreams.


Having graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, three comrades settle into the "real" world. Reagan becomes an illustrator, Albert a football coach at a small school, and Morris sponges off of his wealthy publisher father. When Morris becomes determined to fulfill Albert's dream of becoming coach at their alma mater, he enlists the aid of Reagan and, after a variety of screw-ups, finally resorts to placing Albert's precocious baby boy on a plane bound for Peru on a goodwill mission. The boy is returned, and the resulting publicity makes the heads of the Institute offer Albert the position. Albert and Bryan are reunited with their child, and Reagan and Morris finally win the hands of their long-time sweethearts, Wyman and Lane. This disappointing sequel to the successful Brother Rat failed to capture the charm of its predecessor, even though it included the same leading players and was scripted by the original writers. The nature of the humor was distinctly more "screwball" and sadly neglected the humanistic appeal of the first film.


Priscilla Lane as Joyce Winfree

Wayne Morris as Billy Randolph

Jane Bryan as Kate Edwards

Eddie Albert as 'Bing' Edwards

Jane Wyman as Claire Terry

Ronald Reagan as Dan Crawford

Peter B. Good as Commencement Edwards

Arthur Treacher as Snelling, Harper's Butler

Moroni Olsen as Major Robert Terry

Jessie Busley as Mrs. 'Gram' Brooks

Larry Williams as Harley Harrington

Berton Churchill as Mr. John D. Harper

Nana Bryant as Mrs. May Harper

Paul Harvey as Mr. Sterling Randolph

Mayo Methot as Girl in Bus

Edward Gargan as Cab Driver (as Ed Gargan)

Irving Bacon as Hospital Official

Granville Bates as First Doctor

Wade Boteler as Police Captain

Tommy Bupp as Boy With News of Baby

Glen Cavender as Courtroom Extra

Eddy Chandler as Bus Driver

Cliff Clark as Police Captain

Richard Clayton as Cadet in Trouble

Michael Conroy as Second Bellboy

John Deering as Radio Announcer

John Dilson as Pawnbroker

William Gould as Second Doctor

Eddie Graham as Courtroom Extra

John Hamilton as Judge

John Harron as Hotel Desk Clerk

Alan Ladd as Cadet in Trouble

Douglas Meins as Western Union Boy

Carlyle Moore Jr. as Lieutenant

Ted Osborne as Airplane Captain

Sally Sage as Randolph's Secretary

Cliff Saum as Man Watching Fire

Jeffrey Sayre as El Mecca Club Waiter

George Sorel as El Mecca Club Headwaiter

Elliott Sullivan as Garage Man With Invoice

Emmett Vogan as Steamship Clerk

Billy Wayne as Expressman

Dave Willock as Talking Cadet in Trouble

Claude Wisberg as First Bellboy


Directed by
Ray Enright

Writing credits
John Monks Jr. and Fred F. Finklehoffe (original screenplay)
Earl Baldwin contributor to dialogue and screenplay constuction
Richard Macaulay and Jerry Wald (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Lord - associate producer
Hal B. Wallis - executive producer

Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld and Howard Jackson

Cinematography by
Charles Rosher (director of photography)

Film Editing by
Clarence Kolster

Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas

Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)

Makeup Department
Perc Westmore - makeup artist

Production Management
Jack L. Warner - executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesse Hibbs - assistant director
Russell Saunders - assistant director

Sound Department
Stanley Jones - sound

Special Effects by
Byron Haskin - special effects
Willard Van Enger - special effects

Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein - musical director
Ray Heindorf - music arranger: orchestral music

Other crew
Hugh Cummings - dialogue director

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