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The Rainmakers (1935)

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Roscoe the Rainmaker is invited to California (with sidekick "Billy") to relieve a terrible dry spell and to save the community from an unscrupulous businessman who stands to profit from ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ...
Robert Woolsey ...
Roscoe the Rainmaker
Dorothy Lee ...
Margie Spencer
Berton Churchill ...
Simon Parker
George Meeker ...
Orville Parker
Frederick Roland ...
Henry Spencer (as Frederic Roland)
Edgar Dearing ...


Roscoe the Rainmaker is invited to California (with sidekick "Billy") to relieve a terrible dry spell and to save the community from an unscrupulous businessman who stands to profit from the drought. Written by Jay Elvove <>

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Comedy | Romance






Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Silver Streak  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Mr. Spencer shows Margie the article about a machine that makes rain, the magazine cover shown is a real one, the August 1935 issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine. See more »


Roscoe Horne: I could use a bright boy like you! You could be my assistant. Do you know anything about machinery?
Billy: I know all about plows and tractors and things...
Roscoe Horne: Good! Then I'll be your assistant.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »


A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played by a band at the railroad station
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Another Enjoyable Comedy From Mr. Wheeler & Mr. Woolsey
6 July 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

The farming community of Lima Junction, California, is in big trouble. A devastating drought is threatening to destroy the livelihood of many of the local small farmers. A crooked landowner schemes to find a way to profit from the others' misery, but before he can implement his nefarious schemes, an honest banker sends for THE RAINMAKERS...

This is a very enjoyable comedy from the always reliable team of Wheeler & Woolsey (Bert Wheeler is the little curly-headed one; Robert Woolsey is the guy with the cigar & spectacles.) The Boys are at the top of their form here; it's a shame that these very funny fellows are almost forgotten today.

Berton Churchill makes a fine, blustery villain - from his first encounter with the Boys he begins to get exactly the comeuppance he deserves. Kewpie-doll-cute Dorothy Lee, a frequent co-star of W & W, teams with Wheeler in one of their most whimsical duets - `Isn't Love The Grandest Thing?'

Movie mavens will recognize old Clarence Wilson, in an uncredited role, as the railroad manager. The climax, featuring two runaway, dynamite-laden trains, is very comical.

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