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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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Complete credited cast:
Bill Starbuck
Deputy Sheriff J.S. File
Noah Curry
Jim Curry
Cameron Prud'Homme ...
H.C. Curry
Sheriff Howard Thomas
Yvonne Lime ...
Snookie Maguire


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 <>

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


Romance | Western


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13 December 1956 (USA)  »

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The Rainmaker  »

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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 »


Noah Curry: We don't believe in rainmakers.
Bill Starbuck: What DO you believe in mistah? Dyin' cattle?
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Referenced in Hollywood or Bust (1956) See more »


She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
Sung a cappella by Burt Lancaster
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Great Movie!
2 June 2004 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

What can I say, it was a great movie. Katharine Hepburn is excellent as Lizzy Curry and Burt Lancaster in one of his best performances ever. Hepburn

deserved her Oscar nomination but Lancaster should have been nominated as

well. You have to admit he was not playing his ordinary tough character. He

brought some laughs to the movie as Starbuck. The supporting cast including

Lloyd Bridges and Wendell Corey was great and Alex North's music is great as

it usually is. This is an underrated movie and is definately worth your time

watching. You should see this movie if you haven't already. It's pretty hard to find of Video and it is not yet available on DVD and it should and if you do get this movie, don't get it confused with John Grisham's version.

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