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Playwrights John Monks, Jr. and Fred Finklehoffe were former students at the Virginia Military Institute. The play had its premiere at the State Theater in Lexington, VA, home of VMI, and was a box office success. George Abbott presented the play on Broadway with Warner Bros.' backing. Eddie Albert (1906-2005), who made his film debut in Brother Rat, was the only holdover from the Broadway production to act in the movie, but William Tracey had previously played Misto Bottome in the West Coast stage production. Monks and Finklehoffe went on to careers as screenwriters. According to modern sources, Monks wrote, directed and starred in the documentary film We Are the Marines (Fox, 1942). Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman were married between 1940 and 1948. Warner Bros. made a sequel Brother Rat and a Baby in 1940 (see below) and a 1952 musical remake About Face starred Gordon MacRae, Eddie Bracken, Dick Wesson, Phyllis Kirk and Joel Grey.