Brother Rat

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Brother Rat
Brother Rat 1938.jpg
Directed by William Keighley
Produced by Robert Lord
Hal B. Wallis
Written by Richard Macaulay
Jerry Wald
John Monks, Jr.
Fred Finklehoffe
Starring Priscilla Lane
Wayne Morris
Johnnie Davis
Jane Bryan
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Edited by William Holmes
Release dates
  • October 29, 1938 (1938-10-29)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Brother Rat is a 1938 film about cadets at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, directed by William Keighley and starring Ronald Reagan, Priscilla Lane, Eddie Albert, Jane Wyman and Wayne Morris.

The film was an adaptation of the successful Broadway play of the same name written by two former VMI cadets, John Monks, Jr. and Fred Finklehoffe, which ran for 577 performances between December 1936 and April 1938. Albert and supporting actor William Tracy reprised their roles in the stage productions.[1]

Brother Rat was Albert's film debut, and during filming Reagan met Wyman, whom he later married.[2]

The title refers to the term used for cadets in their first year at the Institute. Scenes of the film were shot on site in Lexington on the Institute's historic Parade Ground, and the baseball game scene was filmed at Alumni Memorial Field.


This film was followed by a sequel in 1940, Brother Rat and a Baby, which also featured Priscilla Lane, Wayne Morris, Ronald Reagan, Eddie Albert, and Jane Wyman.

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  1. ^ Brother Rat, Playbill Vault, retrieved 9 January 2015.
  2. ^ Helfer, Andrew (author), Steve Buccatello (artist), and Joe Station (artist). Ronald Reagan: A Graphic Biography. Hill and Wang. 23.

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