Ronald Reagan Appears as Dan Crawford in "Brother Rat and a Baby"
The 1938 Warner Bros. picture Brother Rat -a breezy comedy about a trio of rapscallion military cadets - was a sizable enough hit to compel the Warner brass to revisit the now-graduated cadets and follow them into the real world to tangle with careers, marriages and their uncertain futures. All three lead actors, Ronald Reagan, Eddie Albert and Wayne Morris, returned for Brother Rat and a Baby (1940). Ray Enright was brought in to replace William Keighley as director, but the sequel retained the writing services of Jerry Wald and Richard Macaulay.
This comedy is the sequel of Brother Rat. The film begins with the three original protagonists after their graduation from the Virginia Military Institute. One of them has just applied for a job as the academy's baseball coach and the others come to assist him. Mayhem ensues; especially after the two well-meaning friends steal the would-be coach's baby and put it aboard a plane headed for Peru. The babe finally comes back and the ensuing publicity gets the coach his dream job. Meanwhile, the other two finally get the girls of their dreams. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide