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Baby the Rain Must Fall
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Baby the Rain Must Fall -- An aspiring country and western singer, with a mean streak, has just been released from a Texas prison where he has been jailed due to a stabbing incident. Met by his wife and six-year-old daughter, he attempts to go straight. He wants to resume his pursuit of a singing career, but the old maid whoraised him after his parents died, won't hear of it.


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Horton Foote (play)
Horton Foote (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 January 1965 (USA) See more »
The more he gets into trouble, the more he gets under her skin! See more »
With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Watch it without interruption - it's 100 minutes of thought. See more (38 total) »


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Steve McQueen ... Henry Thomas

Lee Remick ... Georgette Thomas

Don Murray ... Slim

Paul Fix ... Judge Ewing
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Ewing

Ruth White ... Miss Clara
Charles Watts ... Mr. Tillman
Carol Veazie ... Mrs. Tillman
Estelle Hemsley ... Catherine
Kimberly Block ... Margaret Rose Thomas
Zamah Cunningham ... Mrs. T.V. Smith
George Dunn ... Counterman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal Blaine ... Band Member (uncredited)

Glen Campbell ... Band Member (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Tough Patron (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Tough Patron (uncredited)
Wallace Schlemmer ... Horse Boss Guarding Prisoners (uncredited)
Georgia Simmons ... Miss Kate Dawson (uncredited)
Billy Strange ... Henry Thomas (singing voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Mulligan 
Writing credits
Horton Foote (play "The Travelling Lady")

Horton Foote (screenplay)

Produced by
Alan J. Pakula .... producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Aaron Stell 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Kenney .... assistant director (as Joseph E. Kenny)
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Ernie Sheldon .... songs: lyricist (as Ernest Sheldon)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Don Peake .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Isabel Halliburton .... assistant to producer (as Isabel M. Halliburton)
Vance Jonson .... title designer
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor
Billy Strange .... technical advisor
Lou Dyer .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA)
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Did You Know?

Horton Foote was a native of Wharton, Texas, where portions of this movie were filmed. The Texas premier of "Baby the Rain Must Fall" was held in Wharton on February 4, 1965 at the now-demolished Rio Theatre.See more »
Continuity: In the first minutes of the film, Lee Remick with her daughter on her lap is chatting with an older woman next to her on the bus. She says she has to have her daughter take a nap, and puts the daughter on her left shoulder. In the next scene the daughter is on her right shoulder.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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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Watch it without interruption - it's 100 minutes of thought., 17 July 2005
Author: pj-baker from circlecitywatcher

I first saw this picture when it was released and was so impressed I had to go back several times. I thought that it was a biography played as an autobiography. McQueen seemed to be playing his actual life on the screen. His formative years without a fathers guidance, his detention in a youth reformatory, a hit-or-miss education, and a spotty work record, all of this is covered in one form or another during the film. Steve is a great actor and an actors job is to convince the audience but here the viewer can almost see Steve's thoughts as he says his lines; you can hear the phrases '...this is my life, I've been through this all before...' The script shows him as a person who is forever controlled by someone else and indeed at one time he really was. Lee Remick and Don Murray are good, as they usually are, and are the only romantic interest in the entire film. The final scenes can make the viewer say 'god! Steve McQueen can really act!' but was he?

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