DEAR BRAT 1951 NR CC

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Sequel to "Dear Ruth" & "Dear Wife". Ruth's younger sister Miriam causes a family uproar when she befriends a criminal, with the intent to reform him.

Starring:
Mona Freeman, Billy De Wolfe
Runtime:
1 hour, 22 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director William A. Seiter
Starring Mona Freeman, Billy De Wolfe
Supporting actors Edward Arnold, Lyle Bettger, Mary Philips, Natalie Wood, William Reynolds, Frank Cady, Lillian Randolph, Irene Winston, Patty Lou Arden, Edward Clark, Jimmie Dundee, Mary Field, Elizabeth Flournoy, Bess Flowers, Jerry James, Tor Johnson, William Meader, Charles Meredith
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 26, 2012
Format: DVD
Sucks for Mona Freeman that she was so often cast to play the teenager that when she tried to cross over into more adult parts, she never did make much headway and ended up relegated to B-pictures. I'll remember her most for her catalyst role in the DEAR RUTH trilogy (DEAR RUTH, DEAR WIFE, and this one, DEAR BRAT). DEAR RUTH and DEAR WIFE are delightful, sparkling comedies. DEAR BRAT, not so much. It lacks the frothy wit of the first two films, and it suffers from the absence of the two romantic leads William Holden and Joan Caulfield. Still, Mona Freeman's busybody antics keep things zipping along.

She's at it again, is Miriam Wilkins, that meddling young meddler. Nowadays, Miriam is busy with the Oakmont College Society for the Rehabilitation of Criminals (of which sole members consist of herself, her boyfriend, and her best friend). Miriam's latest project has her sort of sponsoring recently paroled ex-convict Harry Baxter (Lyle Bettger) who claims he's now on the straight and narrow. This naturally doesn't sit too well with Miriam's senator dad (Edward Arnold), especially since it was he who had sentenced Baxter to prison. Miriam lands Baxter a job, and imagine her dad's state of apoplexy when he gazes outside his home and sees his new gardener.

DEAR BRAT came out in 1951 and, judged on its own merit, is okay and does here and there elicit some good chuckles. But when put side by side with the first two films, it pales. The writing isn't as sharp. There's a television sitcom feel to this. The comedy in DEAR BRAT is common denominator slaptick, is base mugging. It's farce, but without the grace and cleverness that suffused DEAR RUTH and DEAR WIFE.
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I did not bother to finish it. The actress that played the "Brat" was so bad I couldn't watch.
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By R. Fravert on November 15, 2014
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I like the Dear Wife and Brat movies. Mona Freeman is fun to watch.
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By James I. Whalen on September 4, 2014
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It was as expected. An extremely clear copy.
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