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Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)

 |  Drama  |  15 January 1965 (USA)
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Henry Thomas is out on parole in a small Texan town and, in the evenings, he is the lead singer in a band. He is being pressured by his foster mother to give up his singing and go back to ... See full summary »

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Henry Thomas
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Judge Ewing
Josephine Hutchinson ...
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Miss Clara
Charles Watts ...
Mr. Tillman
Carol Veazie ...
Mrs. Tillman
Estelle Hemsley ...
Catherine, Miss Kate Dawson's Housekeeper
Kimberly Block ...
Margaret Rose Thomas
Zamah Cunningham ...
Mrs. T.V. Smith, Old Lady on Bus
George Dunn ...
Counterman at Restaurant
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Henry Thomas is out on parole in a small Texan town and, in the evenings, he is the lead singer in a band. He is being pressured by his foster mother to give up his singing and go back to school. His wife, Georgette, and young daughter unexpectedly come to town to live with him. However Henry's hot temper leads him into knife fights, and jeopardizes his parole. Written by Will Gilbert

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Don't call him no damn good .... not in front of her! See more »

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Die Lady und der Tramp  »

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Trivia

During the beginning of the film Steve McQueen is singing with the band. His singing is obviously dubbed with that of another singer who is not even close to McQueen's voice. See more »

Goofs

Different takes are used in the china berry tree planting scene. Some shots look visibly more windy with the plant shaking violently caused by the strong wind. See more »

Quotes

Henry Thomas: [yelling a couple feet away from Miss Kates bedroom door] I'M NOT GOING TO QUIT MY MUSIC! YOU HEAR THAT OLD LADY?... I'm not going to quit MUSIC!
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 10 January 1965 (1965) See more »

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Baby, The Rain Must Fall
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyric by Ernie Sheldon
Performed by Glenn Yarbrough
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Underrated Horton Foote Beauty
9 November 2001 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I just saw this hauntingly beautiful film last night on AMC. It's subtle beauty requires viewers' attention and participation. Do not watch it if you're in the mood for an easy escape film. To appreciate it you must be sensitive to facial expression and non-verbal signal. It also helps to understand a little about the culture of the South.

It works on two levels, at least:

First, it tells the story of a wife's dawning understanding of the hopelessness of her marriage and her resolve to have a good life anyway.

Second, it shows the tragedy of severe child abuse in great depth and reveals the community's culpability. I've never seen a more powerful visual metaphor than Henry's escape attempt, where camera facing him head-on, he runs furiously, climbing and clinging and failing to make it onto the back of a speeding truck.

The film juxtaposes Henry's relationship to his adopted mother to the relationship of his wife to their daughter. This loving, beautiful relationship is the pivot around which the story revolves. Henry, dull, unintelligent, abused Henry is lost, but in one area he had supreme luck (or supreme judgment). His child has what he never had, and will grow up beautifully. He could not have chosen a better mother for his daughter.

The screenplay, acting and direction are all superb.


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