RHUBARB

by Arthur Lubin
RHUBARB - IL GATTO MILIONARIO

Informations

Nation: USA

Year: 1951

Length: 94'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

An eccentric businessman, owner of Brooklyn’s baseball team, bequeaths his entire estate to Rhubarb, a stray cat whom he adopted. When he passes away, the cat inherits the man’s fortune and is entrusted to his young friend Eric Yeager. The baseball players feel ridiculed for having a cat as the team’s owner, but Eric convinces them that Rhubarb will actually bring them good luck on the field. Encouraged by the superstition, the team actually starts winning one game after another. But the gambling ring doesn’t take kindly to the cat’s winning streak, and someone plots to eliminate Rhubarb to throw the team’s odds in their upcoming game against Manhattan.

Director

Arthur Lubin

Arthur Lubin

Arthur Lubin (Los Angeles, CA, USA, 1898 - Glendale, CA, USA, 1995) moved around a lot in his childhood and youth: Arizona, then San Diego, and finally New York. There, he started performing on stage in a few comedies that weren’t particularly successful, which prompted him to move again, this time to Los Angeles. He had better luck in cinema, so much so that the “Los Angeles Times” named him one of the talented young actors of 1925. As he later admitted, his experience as a performer turned out to be fundamental later on in his prolific career as a filmmaker. He directed several features, including Phantom of the Opera (1943), New Orleans (1947), the series of movies starring the mule Francis, and Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955).

Filmography:
A Successful Failure (1934), California Straight Ahead! (1937), Buck Privates (Gianni e Pinotto reclute, 1941), In the Navy (Allegri naviganti, 1941), Hold That Ghost (L’inafferrabile spettro, 1941), Keep ’Em Flying (Razzi volanti, 1942), Ride ’Em Cowboy (Gianni e Pinotto tra i cowboys, 1942), Phantom of the Opera (Il fantasma dell’Opera, 1943), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Alì Babà e i quaranta ladroni, 1944), New Orleans (La città del jazz, 1947), Francis (Francis, il mulo parlante, 1950), Francis Goes to the Races (Francis alle corse, 1951), Rhubarb (Il gatto milionario, 1951), Francis Goes to West Point (Francis all’Accademia, 1952), Francis Covers the Big Town (Francis contro la camorra, 1953), Francis in the Navy (1955), Lady Godiva of Coventry (Lady Godiva, 1955), Escapade in Japan (Due gentiluomini attraverso il Giappone, 1957), The Incredible Mr Limpet (L’ammiraglio è uno strano pesce, 1964), Hold On! (1966).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Arthur Lubin
soggetto/story
dal romanzo Rhubarb di/from the novel of the same title by H. Allen Smith
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Dorothy Davenport, Francis M. Cockrell, David Stern
fotografia/cinematography
Lionel Lindon
montaggio/film editing
Alma Macrorie
scenografia/production design
Henry Bumstead, Hal Pereira, Sam Comer, Ross Dowd
costumi/costume design
Edith Head
musica/music
Van Cleave
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Ray Milland (Eric Yeager), Jan Sterling (Polly Sickles), Gene Lockhart (Thaddeus J. Banner), William Frawley (Len Sickles), Elsie Holmes (Myra Banner), Taylor Holmes (P. Duncan Munk), Willard Waterman (Orlando Dill)
produttori/producers
William Perlberg, George Seaton
produzione/production
Paramount Pictures

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An eccentric businessman, owner of Brooklyn’s baseball team, bequeaths his entire estate to Rhubarb, a stray cat whom he adopted. When he passes away, the cat inherits the man’s fortune and is entrusted to his young friend Eric Yeager. The baseball players feel ridiculed for having a cat as the team’s owner, but Eric convinces them that Rhubarb will actually bring them good luck on the field. Encouraged by the superstition, the team actually starts winning one game after another. But the gambling ring doesn’t take kindly to the cat’s winning streak, and someone plots to eliminate Rhubarb to throw the team’s odds in their upcoming game against Manhattan.

Director All about direction

Arthur Lubin

Arthur Lubin

Arthur Lubin (Los Angeles, CA, USA, 1898 - Glendale, CA, USA, 1995) moved around a lot in his childhood and youth: Arizona, then San Diego, and finally New York. There, he started performing on stage in a few comedies that weren’t particularly successful, which prompted him to move again, this time to Los Angeles. He had better luck in cinema, so much so that the “Los Angeles Times” named him one of the talented young actors of 1925. As he later admitted, his experience as a performer turned out to be fundamental later on in his prolific career as a filmmaker. He directed several features, including Phantom of the Opera (1943), New Orleans (1947), the series of movies starring the mule Francis, and Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955).

Filmography:
A Successful Failure (1934), California Straight Ahead! (1937), Buck Privates (Gianni e Pinotto reclute, 1941), In the Navy (Allegri naviganti, 1941), Hold That Ghost (L’inafferrabile spettro, 1941), Keep ’Em Flying (Razzi volanti, 1942), Ride ’Em Cowboy (Gianni e Pinotto tra i cowboys, 1942), Phantom of the Opera (Il fantasma dell’Opera, 1943), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Alì Babà e i quaranta ladroni, 1944), New Orleans (La città del jazz, 1947), Francis (Francis, il mulo parlante, 1950), Francis Goes to the Races (Francis alle corse, 1951), Rhubarb (Il gatto milionario, 1951), Francis Goes to West Point (Francis all’Accademia, 1952), Francis Covers the Big Town (Francis contro la camorra, 1953), Francis in the Navy (1955), Lady Godiva of Coventry (Lady Godiva, 1955), Escapade in Japan (Due gentiluomini attraverso il Giappone, 1957), The Incredible Mr Limpet (L’ammiraglio è uno strano pesce, 1964), Hold On! (1966).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Arthur Lubin
soggetto/story
dal romanzo Rhubarb di/from the novel of the same title by H. Allen Smith
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Dorothy Davenport, Francis M. Cockrell, David Stern
fotografia/cinematography
Lionel Lindon
montaggio/film editing
Alma Macrorie
scenografia/production design
Henry Bumstead, Hal Pereira, Sam Comer, Ross Dowd
costumi/costume design
Edith Head
musica/music
Van Cleave
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Ray Milland (Eric Yeager), Jan Sterling (Polly Sickles), Gene Lockhart (Thaddeus J. Banner), William Frawley (Len Sickles), Elsie Holmes (Myra Banner), Taylor Holmes (P. Duncan Munk), Willard Waterman (Orlando Dill)
produttori/producers
William Perlberg, George Seaton
produzione/production
Paramount Pictures