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Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)

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... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Henry Thomas
Judge Ewing
Mrs. Ewing
Miss Clara
Charles Watts ...
Mr. Tillman
Carol Veazie ...
Mrs. Tillman
Estelle Hemsley ...
Kimberly Block ...
Margaret Rose Thomas
Zamah Cunningham ...
Mrs. T.V. Smith
George Dunn ...


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 Huggo

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Release Date:

15 January 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Lady und der Tramp  »

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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 »


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 »


Georgette Thomas: [woken up from Henry's banging] Henry, what's the matter?
Henry Thomas: I dreamt I was back in the pen.
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Referenced in The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (2001) See more »


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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A Dose of Reality
9 August 2004 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

This movie is short on plot, but long on attitude. As I watched this movie, I kept looking for it to take a more optimistic, even-the-bad- guys will overcome story line.

In its time, it was a remarkable realistic view of the life of someone on the outside, one who didn't fit. The images and emotions displayed all combine to help you understand those people who were not the class presidents, sports stars, or young professionals. There are no heroes in this film.

I understand that this movie is semi-biographical for Steve McQueen. I think that is why he plays his role so well.

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