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Rain or Shine (1930)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  15 August 1930 (USA)
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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,... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe Cook ...
Smiley Johnson
...
Frankie
Joan Peers ...
Mary Rainey
William Collier Jr. ...
Bud Conway
Tom Howard ...
Amos K. Shrewsberry
Dave Chasen ...
Dave
Alan Roscoe ...
Dalton - the Ringmaster
Adolph Milar ...
Foltz - the Lion Tamer
...
Nero
...
Mrs. Conway
Edward Martindel ...
Mr. Conway (as Edward Martindale)
Nora Lane ...
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 | Music | Romance

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15 August 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Luci del circo  »

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Soundtracks

It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'
(1923) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Wendell Hall
Sung a cappella by Joe Cook often
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21 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think previous commentators have missed the boat on this. The film is a matter of the director overcoming the star. Joe Cook's shtick wears thin. His first encounter with the store owner is droll, but a series of non-sequiters do not make a comedy. Capra's direction is brilliant. (Spolier:) Obviously, the elephant pushing the fat lady is a tour de force, and the riot and fire at the climax are spectacular, but notice his great tracking shots. The camera follows characters as they saunter through the circus. What was worth seeing and preserving here is not Cook's quaint act, but the way of life of the circus, a "Water for Elephants" scene.


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