Cats in Film – Rhubarb (1951, American)

Rhubarb, cats in film, cats in cinemaIn the 1951 film Rhubarb starring Ray Milland and featuring a very young Leonard Nemoy a millionaire baseball team owner takes a liking to a dog chasing cat†who is named Rhubarb after the slang term for an on field fight or argument.  The eccentric owner then dies and leaves the team to the cat.  His daughter files a lawsuit against the cat’s inheritance, and the team protests the insult of being owned by Rhubarb.  Soon the cat is kidnapped and held for ransom, but cleverly escapes and runs to the ballpark where it inspires the team to win and wins the hearts of all.

† Orangey, who also starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, won a PATSY award (Picture Animal Top Star of the Year) for both his performances.  Orangey has so far been the only cat to win the award twice.

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  1. I wonder if the cat was treated humanely in the course of the film and afterward

    • Yes, the cat was treated quite well. This is Orangey who won the PATSY award twice, once for Rhubarb and once for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood, CA.

  2. Orangey the cat, a far better actor than Morris ever would or ever could be!
    His image has graced my Facebook page, and the screen of my smart phone.
    I grew up watching him on the tv and seeing him in the movies.
    Only he could upstage Audry Hepburn and many other Hollywood greats!
    I cried when I had heard that he had died…
    Forever in my heart Orangey purrs on!

  3. Glen Krajca-Radcliffe says

    One of my “go to” movies for airline flights or on a down day. I was born the year before the movie’s release and saw it early in my life as it as one of my mom’s favorite movies.

  4. I saw Rubarb when I was 5 in 1951. Funny how a movie can stick in your memory after all those years.

  5. Oscar Borio says

    Some time ago I provided myself with a copy of Rhubarb, the film …but no subtitles at all!! . I’m from Argentina and unluckily, with my weak knowledge of the english language, I can hardly follow the intense and lively dialogues in the picture. A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to find in an old used books store in Buenos Aires a 1946 first edition of H. Allen Smith’s book… ¡and in perfect conditions!! I am fully enjoying this funny Rhubarb now …and still willing also to sometime get at least english subtitles to the movie.

    I ladore Orangey; knew him from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and some others of his movies. In fact, my avatar in Facebook is a photo of Orangey’s from R the movie. Thanks and I’ll browse this Great Cat site now.

    • LA Vocelle says

      Thanks so much for your comments, and I hope you continue to enjoy the site. Glad you found Rhubarb!

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