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The Rat (Herbert Wilcox) is the trade name of a light-footed, light-fingered, essentially noble Paris Apache with a Viennese accent (Anton Walbrook), whose associations with 1) a maiden pure of heart (Renee Ray), 2) a fancy lady (Ruth Chatterton), and 3) a predatory stuffed shirt (Hugh Miller) leave Montmartre's half-world a better place to live in. The Rat was originally (1924) a pot-boiled play by England's Constance Collier and Ivor (Keep the Home Fires Burning) Novello. On the screen it is still the same lukewarm dish of tea.

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