The Brat

The Brat is a 1931 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by John Ford, starring Sally O'Neil, and featuring Virginia Cherrill. The film is based on the 1917 play by Maude Fulton. A previous silent film had been made in 1919 with Alla Nazimova. This 1931 screen version has been updated to then contemporary standards i.e. clothing, speech, topics in the news.[1]

The Brat
Poster to The Brat (1931)
Directed byJohn Ford
Written byS. N. Behrman
Maude Fulton
Sonya Levien
Based onThe Brat
by Maude Fulton
StarringSally O'Neil
Alan Dinehart
Virginia Cherrill
CinematographyJoseph H. August
Edited byAlex Troffey
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 20, 1931 (1931-09-20)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States


A novelist brings a wild chorus girl home, hoping to study her for inspiration for his new novel. His snobby upper-class family is upset by her presence, but soon she has changed their lives forever.


Writer Maude Fulton was an actress as well and starred in the 1917 Broadway premiere of her own play. Two of her co-stars in the play went on to have major film careers, Lewis Stone and Edmund Lowe.[2]

The film was restored in DCP form and exhibited at New York City's Museum of Modern Art in November 2016.



  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Brat
  2. Pictorial History of the American Theatre 1860-1970 (this edit. c.1970) by Daniel Blum, p. 163
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