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Rhubarb (1951)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 8 February 1952 (France)
Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Dorothy Davenport (screenplay) (as Dorothy Reid), Francis M. Cockrell (screenplay) (as Francis Cockrell) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Eric Yeager
Jan Sterling ... Polly Sickles
Gene Lockhart ... Thaddeus J. Banner
William Frawley ... Len Sickles
Elsie Holmes Elsie Holmes ... Myra Banner
Taylor Holmes ... P. Duncan Munk
Willard Waterman ... Orlando Dill
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Dud Logan
James Griffith ... Ogelthorpe 'Oggie' Meadows (as James W. Griffith)
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Doom
Donald MacBride ... Pheeny
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Mr. Fisher
Orangey ... Rhubarb (as Rhubarb)
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Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the team protests, publicist Eric Yeager convinces them Rhubarb is good luck. But Eric's fiancée Polly seems to be allergic to cats, and the team's success may mean new hazards for Rhubarb. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Story of the Millionaire Tomcat ... who inherits a big-league ball team! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

At the end of the movie Paul Douglas has a cameo appearance sitting on a park bench and looks at the cat and kittens as they go past and says 'What a cat,: a litter to three wives...", a reference to his film A Letter to Three Wives (1949). See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie when rhubarb is being chased by dogs across the golf course, rhubarb runs into the bushes a golf ball lying on the ground shifts positions (without being touched) one second before the dogs enter the bushes. See more »

Quotes

Eric Yeager: [to Rhubarb] Now listen ya lug, you're in the chips now, the blue chips. So stop acting like a goon squad. This is an okay dame. She doesn't want a nickel of your dough.
[to Polly]
Eric Yeager: stroke him very gently on his head.
Polly Sickles: Why, he doesn't even hiss.
Eric Yeager: You're now a member of the club.
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Crazy Credits

The opening cast list ends: "and introducing the newest addition to Hollywood's great galaxy of stars -- that dynamic, exciting, scintillating personality RHUBARB (by special arrangement with the S.P.C.A.) ...A.H.A. Y.M.C.A. U.C.L.A. B.P.O.E. R.F.C.)" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Comedy of Terrors (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

FRIENDLY FINANCE COMPANY
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by chorus in parody TV commercial
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Excellent kids movie.
5 February 2008 | by richardwrossSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first was released. My hometown movie theater had Saturday matinée's for kids through early teens. If you were lucky enough to go to one of these early releases you also received a picture of Rhubarb with his "pawtograph". I also acquired a large "rhubarb colored" cat. He lived up to his name well. Many a dog left our yard rather than face up Rhubarb any longer. Over the years I have recommended this movie to many people for their children to view. Those who have managed to find the movie have been well placed. I have seen this movie listed at Blockbusters. This movie will probably also be enjoyable for those of us older folks with a touch of nostalgia.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1952 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Aj, som katten See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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