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The Rainmakers (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 October 1935 (USA)
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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Robert Woolsey ...
Roscoe the Rainmaker
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Margie Spencer
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Simon Parker
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Orville Parker
Frederick Roland ...
Henry Spencer (as Frederic Roland)
Edgar Dearing ...
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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 the drought. Written by Jay Elvove <jay_elvove@umail.umd.edu>

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Silver Streak  »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[Roscoe and his assistant Billy are detailing the specifications of his rainmaking machine]
Roscoe Horne: Are there any questions?
Farmer: [angrily] Aw, we can see through you!
Roscoe Horne: [to Billy] When you get the machine started, drown him first, will you?
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Crazy Credits

Video of pouring rain is shown in between the opening credit screens of names. See more »

Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
In the score near the end
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It's Wheeler and Woolsey.
16 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you've not seen a picture with Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, this is as good a place to start as any. They were Broadway stars who moved to the Big Screen at a time when people would go to the movies to be entertained, not to take a flimsy message from simpleton screenwriters. What I mean, I missed this era, but it's available to me and to you on DVD or TCM or anywhere you can find it.

Yes, it's worth a look, I think. In the Rainmakers (1935), Wheeler and Woolsey... well, they save the day despite the best efforts of the Bad Guy Who Owns the Town. And it's nice to see Bert romantically paired with Dorothy Lee, as she plays a delightfully unconstrained character in these films, and she does it so well.

The musical number was a bit long for my wife's taste, and I thought the train scene at the end could have been pared down a little, but this was a fun movie!


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