Hilarious story of a cat who inherited a baseball team.
Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the team protests, publicist Eric Yeager convinces them Rhubarb is good luck. But Eric's fiancée Polly seems to be allergic to cats, and the team's success may mean new hazards for Rhubarb.
Release date: August 29, 1951
Running time: 94 minutes
Orangey as Rhubarb
Ray Milland as Eric Yeager
Jan Sterling as Polly Sickles
William Frawley as Len Sickles
Gene Lockhart as T.J. Banner
Elsie Holmes as Myra Banner
Taylor Holmes as P. Duncan Munk
Willard Waterman as Orlando Dill
Henry Slate as Dud Logan
James Griffith as Ogelthorpe 'Oggie' Meadows
Jim Hayward as Doom
Donald MacBride as Pheeny
Hal K. Dawson as Mr. Fisher
Strother Martin and Leonard Nimoy have uncredited roles in this film.
Orangey won PATSY Awards (Picture Animal Top Star of the Year, the animal version of an Oscar) for his appearances in both Rhubarb and Breakfast at Tiffany's, the only cat so far to win more than once.
Eric Yeager: How about some bait?
Owner of the pet shop: I'm sorry sir, we have no meat department.
Eric Yeager: Meat? Golf balls is this cat's meat.
Judge: [to Polly Sickles] You're sneezing under oath. An untrue sneeze could find you guilty of perjury.
I saw this movie for the first time a few years ago during a Spring Training Baseball Marathon on TV and ever since, I have to watch it every year on Opening Weekend. It's hilarious from beginning to end. I haven't had the opportunity to read the book yet but it's on my TBR list. Whether you are a baseball fan or not or a cat lover or not, I highly recommend this film for it's pure comedic flair and of course, spotting Leonard Nimoy in the player's locker room is a nice little bonus.
“On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks.” ― H. Allen Smith