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The Rainmaker (1956)

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Lizzie Curry is on the verge of becoming a hopeless old maid. Her wit and intelligence and skills as a homemaker can't make up for the fact that she's just plain plain! Even the town ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Bill Starbuck
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Lizzie Curry
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Deputy Sheriff J.S. File
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Noah Curry
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Jim Curry
Cameron Prud'Homme ...
H.C. Curry
Wallace Ford ...
Sheriff Howard Thomas
Yvonne Fedderson ...
Snookie Maguire (as Yvonne Lime)
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Lizzie Curry is on the verge of becoming a hopeless old maid. Her wit and intelligence and skills as a homemaker can't make up for the fact that she's just plain plain! Even the town sheriff, File, for whom she harbors a secrect yen, won't take a chance --- until the town suffers a drought and into the lives of Lizzie and her brothers and father comes one Bill Starbuck ... profession: Rainmaker! Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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It's about the magic that makes a woman beautiful when she's wanted by a man!

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Romance | Western

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13 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Paramount Studios wanted William Holden for the role of Starbuck. See more »

Goofs

After Starbuck shows up at the Currys' house, H.C. and Noah are playing a game of checkers. They start the game with H.C. playing red and make a few moves, then the phone rings. After the call, the game has reset to the beginning, and H.C. is playing black. See more »

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Noah Curry: We don't believe in rainmakers.
Bill Starbuck: What DO you believe in mistah? Dyin' cattle?
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She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
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Sung a cappella by Burt Lancaster
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4 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie always leaves me smiling. Sure, it's not a masterpiece of cinema, and one has to be willing to go with the staginess of it (it was, after all, a play originally), but there's such an exuberance to the performances and gentleness to the story that the movie wins you over. In fact maybe there is something appropriate about the obvious artifice of the sets, since the movie is about the roles that people play and the dreams that they cherish. Certainly Lancaster's charming con man is a master of the orotund and theatrical spiel. Another haunting Alex North score that occasionally recalls some of the poignant themes that he wrote for "A Streetcar Named Desire."


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