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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 ...
Billy
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 ...
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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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Comedy | Romance

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25 October 1935 (USA)  »

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Silver Streak  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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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 »

Quotes

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 »

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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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Roscoe the Rainmaker comes to town
18 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film, coming late in the Wheeler and Woolsey cycle, is often dismissed as poorly written and executed, although it is actually very enjoyable, fast-paced, memorably written, and sees the two boys on good form as ever.

Dorothy Lee (in her last appearance with the team I think) is as sweet as ever, in her usual role as ingénue and love interest for Bert Wheeler. They have a song, as ever, this time set around an orange tree which drops its fruit whenever someone tells a lie. Lee said it was her favourite of their numbers, and it is certainly one of the best.

A long set-piece with out of control locomotives seems a bit misplaced in the second half of the film, but is still funny. The double entendres and quips of earlier films in the series have been irradicated by the Hays code and the move towards family decency, but this film remains sharp and funny.


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