The Brat


60m 1931

Brief Synopsis

A society novelist brings a brash young chorus girl home in order to study her for inspiration for his new novel. His family is distraught, but soon her behavior has forever altered their snobbish ways.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 20, 1931
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 21 Aug 1931
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Brat by Maude Fulton (Los Angeles, 20 Apr 1916).

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,000ft

Synopsis

Novelist MacMillan "Mack" Forester, at work on his next novel, is looking for a possible subject for a character study in a downtown night court with his friend, Judge O'Flathery. As they examine the parade of petty criminals, Mack becomes interested in The Brat, a seventeen-year-old street urchin who has been charged with stealing food, and pays her bail in order to win her favor. The Brat accepts Mack's offer to live in the Forester country estate, which is occupied by his mother, his two live-in lovers and his brother Steven. Making herself at home, The Brat offers her city-smart wisdom to Mack and his family, and eventually gains acceptance by the Foresters. When Steven makes known to The Brat his feelings of alienation and disillusionment, she advises him to follow his heart and go West, where his deceased father has left him a ranch. Although grateful for the advice, Steven realizes he has fallen in love with The Brat and hesitates to take it. The Brat also admonishes Steven's mother on her lack of compassion in dealing with Steven when he comes home drunk one night. When The Brat begins to fall in love with Mack, Mack's live-in lovers become jealous of her, and a fight ensues. Responding to protests from his mother, Mack reassures her that as soon as he finishes the book, The Brat will go, leaving him free to court the kind of women of which she approves. When The Brat learns that Mack and his mother have devised a plan to sell Steven's ranch in order to buy Mack a yacht, she becomes incensed. Later, a fight between Steven and Mack over The Brat ensues, and when Steven loses, he decides to leave for the West. The Brat becomes troubled by his absence, realizing that Mack's love is insincere and Steven's genuine. Mack, wracked with guilt over his poor treatment of The Brat, proposes to her, but she rejects him and asserts her love for Steven. Mack takes pity on her and convinces his mother to forgo the yacht purchase so they can turn over the ranch to Steven and The Brat as a wedding present.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 20, 1931
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 21 Aug 1931
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Brat by Maude Fulton (Los Angeles, 20 Apr 1916).

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,000ft

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Notes

The play on which this film was based had a New York opening on March 5, 1917. Other films based on the play include the 1919 Metro Pictures Corp. film The Brat, directed by Herbert Blaché and starring Nazimova and Charles Bryant (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.0464), and the 1940 20th Century-Fox film The Girl From Avenue A (see below).