Rainbow on the River (1936)

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A young boy is forced to leave his family in the South and move in with relatives he doesn't know in New York.


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Mrs. Harriet Ainsworth
Charles Butterworth ...
Ralph Layton
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Father Josef
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Hall Johnson Choir ...
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Young Phillip Ainsworth, (Bobby Breen), an orphan of the US Civil War, has been lovingly raised by Toinette, (Louise Beavers) a former slave. Toinette has big plans for the boy. She has saved her money to send him to a private school. But when the local priest, Father Josef, (Henry O'Neill) finds Phillip's family living in New York, the boy is sent north to live with people who refuse to accept him as their own. His only friend is the butler, Barrett, (Charles Butterworth). But his curmodgeon of a grandmother, (May Robson) is finally broken down by the boy's charm and good manners, and all ends happily. Along the way Breen has ample opportunity to show off his voice by singing several songs, including the title song three times. Written by Ken <kenreg@inwave.com>

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Release Date:

18 December 1936 (USA)  »

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It Happened in New Orleans  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A wonderful film and cast
2 September 2003 | by (Gray, maine) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite Bobby Breen film! The music is wonderful and Bobby's voice is incredible for a boy of 9. The story tugs at your heart but leaves you feeling good inside and humming it's tunes at the end! And, Bobby's backed by a wonderful cast including Louise Beavers, May Robson, Henry O'Neill, Charles Butterworth, Stymie (Our Gang) Beard, and Alan Mowbray. But it's the pure voice and enthusiastic performance of Bobby Breen that makes this movie a classic that everyone should see. This is the kind of film we need today. A film made to entertain the entire family and one that reaches it's goal!

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