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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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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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The Rainmaker  »

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Trivia

Adapted from a Broadway play that originally starred Geraldine Page and Darren McGavin. "The Rainmaker" by N. Richard Nash opened at the Cort Theatre in New York on Oct. 28, 1954 and ran for 125 performances. Cameron Prud'Homme originated his movie role in the play. 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 »

Quotes

Noah Curry: We don't believe in rainmakers.
Bill Starbuck: What DO you believe in mistah? Dyin' cattle?
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Referenced in Barney Miller: The Rainmaker (1981) See more »

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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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It's called acting.
8 July 2003 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Much has been made of the fact that nearly all of the actors were too old to comfortably inhabit their roles, which I think is crap. I don't think Hepburn's character felt anything other than genuine nor did it seem as if she were playing a character younger than her years. For one, she was a pretty well-preserved 49 - but that's almost beside the point. The point, I think being, is that no matter what your age or station, dreams will infuse you with beauty and purpose, so never abandon them. Sure, there were show-boaty moments (the final scene of the Rainmaker riding off springs to mind) - but this was made in 1956, after all, and gestures tended to be a little more expansive. Context, people, context.


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