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|William Frawley||Len Sickles|
|Jan Sterling||Polly Sickles|
|Taylor Holmes||P. Duncan Munk|
|Ray Milland||Eric Yeager|
|Gene Lockhart||Thaddeus J. Banner|
|James Griffith||Ogelthorpe 'Oggie' Meadows|
|Willard Waterman||Orlando Dill|
|Henry Slate||Dud Logan|
|Leonard Nimoy||Young Ball Player|
Thaddeus J. Banner, a lonely, eccentric millionaire who owns a baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons, takes a liking to a dog-chasing stray cat (played by Orangey), and takes him into his home. He names the cat "Rhubarb," which is baseball slang for an on-field argument or fight.
When the man dies, it is discovered that his last will and testament made Rhubarb his sole beneficiary; hence the cat inherits the baseball team. Team publicist Eric Yeager (Milland) is named the cat's guardian. His fiancee Polly Sickles (Sterling), daughter of the team's manager, is terribly allergic to Rhubarb, causing many problems.
Banner's unhappy daughter Myra files a lawsuit, contesting the will. And when the team's players discover they are owned by a cat, they stage a protest until Yeager persuades them that Rhubarb brings them luck.
Brooklyn begins winning and will play the powerful New York team for the championship. But a bookie who stands to lose big if Brooklyn wins decides to kidnap the cat. Brooklyn's fortunes turn for the worse while the search for Rhubarb goes on, until the cat finally escapes from his captors and races to the ballpark to save the day.