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Rain or Shine (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 August 1930 (USA)
Woman inherits a traveling circus which brings financial difficulties.

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(as Frank R. Capra)

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(dialogue and continuity), (dialogue and continuity) | 2 more credits »
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Frankie
Joan Peers ...
Mary Rainey
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Bud Conway
Tom Howard ...
Amos K. Shrewsberry
Dave Chasen ...
Dave
Alan Roscoe ...
Dalton - the Ringmaster
Adolph Milar ...
Foltz - the Lion Tamer
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Nero
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Mrs. Conway
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Mr. Conway (as Edward Martindale)
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Grace Conway
Tyrell Davis ...
Lord Hugo Gwynne (as Tyrrell Davis)
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Storyline

After her father's death, Mary Rainey takes over the Rainey Circus (which operates twice daily, rain or shine) but runs into financial troubles. In one bit reminiscent of the Marx Brothers, the circus performers are up to some ridiculous antics at a dinner party with the family of Bud Conway, Mary's beau. As times become worse and the performers go on strike, Mary must try to save the circus from rioting patrons. Written by Paul Donahue

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The Laugh Sensation of the Season! (original one-sheet poster)

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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15 August 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Luci del circo  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The main character, Smiley Johnson, explains to Tom Howard that he was born in Evansville, Indiana. In fact, Joe Cook, the actor who played Smiley, was born in Evansville, Indiana. See more »

Quotes

Smiley Johnson: You will also see the voluptuous princess de shimmy. The most gorgeous Oriental dancer in the world today. Why, she wiggles and shakes like a bowl of jelly on a frosty morning.
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Soundtracks

The Billboard March
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Music by John Klohr
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Make it stop, make it stop!
24 June 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the early days of sound films, studios really didn't know how to use the new medium. Instead of normal speaking voices and normal actors, Hollywood felt a need to overwhelm the audience with sound. A lot of vaudeville comics who spoke a mile a minute were shoved in front of the cameras to take advantage of the fact that audiences could now hear the actors speak. Some of these early talkies are downright dreadful while some others are just odd curios. RAIN OR SHINE falls into the category of just plain dreadful.

Most of the blame for this film being so terrible and tough to watch falls on the shoulders of its director, Frank Capra. While Capra did great things for Harry Langdon during the silent era and from the mid-1930s on he made some of the most iconic American films of the era (IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, MEET JOHN DOE and many others), but even great directors have their duds--and this film was definitely a dud.

The film is nominally about a circus that is chronically on the verge of bankruptcy. However, the entire show was the vaudevillian, Joe Cook. While one of the reviewers thought that Cook was hilarious, he was simply too much--like a giant migraine. He talked and talked and talked and talked. If you liked this sort of in your face routine again and again, then you'd probably like the film. However, I didn't think he was funny and felt the director should have placed more emphasis on the talented members of the cast. That, or simply punched Cook in the mouth and told him to shut the heck up!! Terrible pacing, annoying dialog and nothing to like--this is truly one of the most painful films I have seen. I only kept watching because I assumed it would get better---it didn't.


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