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Being a play depending largely on individual situations rather than on characterization or plot, "Brother Rat" does not surprise one by not calling for great acting performances. Nor does, it have them. Not comparing too favorably--with the stage version, probably due in part to the exclusion of the balder parts, it has surges of comedy mixed with surges of melodrama. It deals with attempts to conceal a wife and baby while at V. M. I., to conceal a women in one's room, and to conceal the fact of being out after hours. Wayne Morris as Billy Randolph manages to get the just blame for all these deception,--being a big hearted with bungler with big ideas. Priscilla Lane is his inspiration, while Eddie Albert as the dumb athlete and William Tracy as the hazed "rat" both give complete performances.

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