With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus, Texas to be reunited with her husband, Henry Thomas, who has just been released from prison on parole. Columbus is Henry's hometown. Margaret Rose has never met her father. Henry is not yet ready for this reunion as he is an irresponsible soul, who has problems looking after himself, let alone a wife and infant daughter. People in Columbus are doing whatever they can to help Henry, people such as Slim, the Deputy Sheriff who has known Henry since they were kids, and the Tillmans, who have given him a place to live as well as a job to do chores around their house. However, Henry is reluctant to give up songwriting and performing with his rockabilly band, the honky-tonks where he plays the environments which exacerbated his previous life problems. Henry has the unrealistic belief that he will become the next Elvis Presley. Beyond these issues, the biggest obstacle in ... Written by
Don't call him no damn good .... not in front of her!
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Did You Know?
According to photographer William Claxton
, the crew was shooting in Columbus, Texas on November 22, 1963 when the radio announced the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
in Dallas. Everyone gathering around the radio was stunned. Especially Steve McQueen
who took it very hard and kept very quiet for the rest of the stay in Texas. See more
When the man is seen waiting for the bus at the beginning of the movie, he is shown wearing light colored clothes and holding a dark jacket. When he gets on the bus and walks past the women, he is wearing dark clothes and carrying a light colored jacket. See more
[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!
Baby, The Rain Must Fall
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyric by Ernie Sheldon
Sung by Steve McQueen
(dubbed by Billy Strange
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