Ronald Reagan Appears as Dan Crawford in "Brother Rat"

Billy Randolph, Dan Crawford, and Bing Edwards are roommates at the Virginia Military Institute, known as the West Point of the South.

Billy is in love with Joyce Winfree, who has brought her college friend, Claire Adams, along for the big baseball weekend before graduation. Bing arrives at Joyce's house in anxious anticipation of meeting Kate Rice. Kate, to whom Bing is secretly married, shocks him with the news that she is pregnant and is leaving town to have the baby.

Brother Rat is a 1938 film about students at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, directed by William Keighley and starring Priscilla Lane and Wayne Morris.

The film also featured Eddie Albert and Ronald Reagan, who met another actor in the movie, Jane Wyman, while working on the film. They later married.

The title refers to the term used for students in their first year at the Institute. Scenes of the film were shot on site in Lexington on the school's historic Parade Ground.


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