Fred F. Finklehoffe

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Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
After graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1932, Finklehoffe and fellow graduate, John Monks Jr., decided to re-write their college thesis on cadet life at VMI as a play. The noted director and playwright George Abbott liked the piece and produced it on Broadway in December 1936. Entitled 'Brother Rat', it was hugely successful, running for an astonishing 575 performances. The play was then passed on to Warner Bothers for $150,000. Having added a degree in law from Yale University to his resume, Finklehoffe suddenly found himself a much sought-after property in Hollywood. Read more...