Brother Rat (1938)
A film directed by William Keighley

Genre: Comedy

Film Review

Brother Rat is an American film comedy first released on 29th October 1938, directed by William Keighley. Cinematography was by Ernest Haller and the film was scored by Heinz Roemheld. It is based on a play by John Monks Jr. and Fred F. Finklehoffe and stars Priscilla Lane, Wayne Morris, Johnnie Davis and Jane Bryan.   It is a Warner Bros. Pictures production, produced by Robert Lord and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Location filming was in Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia, USA.   It is a black and white film and runs to 1 hour and 29 minutes.  

Our overall rating for Brother Rat is: good - passable entertainment.

Other notable films that have been directed by William Keighley include: 'G' Men (1935), Stars Over Broadway (1935), Varsity Show (1937) and The Master of Ballantrae (1953). The actor Johnnie Davis has also appeared in: Hollywood Hotel (1937), Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938), Mr. Chump (1938) and You Can't Ration Love (1944).

Other comedy films of the 1930s from USA that are worth watching include: George Stevens's A Damsel in Distress (1937), Sam Wood's A Day at the Races (1937), Lloyd French's Busy Bodies (1933), Leigh Jason's The Mad Miss Manton (1938) and George Archainbaud's Penguin Pool Murder (1932).

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Film Credits

  • Director: William Keighley
  • Script: Richard Macaulay, Jerry Wald, John Monks Jr. (play), Fred F. Finklehoffe (play)
  • Photo: Ernest Haller
  • Music: Heinz Roemheld
  • Cast: Priscilla Lane (Joyce Winfree), Wayne Morris (Billy Randolph), Johnnie Davis (A. Furman Towsend, Jr.), Jane Bryan (Kate Rice), Eddie Albert ('Bing' Edwards), Ronald Reagan (Dan Crawford), Jane Wyman (Claire Adams), Henry O'Neill (Colonel Ramm), Gordon Oliver (Capt 'Lacedrawers' Rogers), Larry Williams (Harley Harrington), William Tracy (Misto Bottome), Jessie Busley (Mrs. Brooks), Olin Howland (Slim), Louise Beavers (Jenny), Isabel Withers (Nurse), Allan Cavan (Superintendant), Jerry Cecil (Cadet), Don DeFore (Baseball Catcher), Jerry Fletcher (Cadet With a Sweet Briar Girl), Mildred Gover (Colonel Ramm's Maid), Fred Hamilton (Newsreel Scott), Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian (Baseball Coach), Howard Leeds (Cadet), Wilfred Lucas (Ballfield Doctor), Hugh McArthur (Cadet)
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Support: Black and White
  • Runtime: 89 min

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