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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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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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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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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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!See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Ungovernable Temper, 14 December 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The team that brought you To Kill A Mockingbird has also given us Baby The Rain Must Fall another southern based drama though the protagonist is hardly as admirable as Atticus Finch. Steve McQueen and Lee Remick star in this film as a married couple trying to make a new start in life after McQueen is released on parole from prison.

McQueen is a musician/singer of sorts and while I doubt he could have a career in big time country music, he doesn't have the talent to make the really big time. You won't see McQueen at the Grand Ole Opry, but he could make a respectable living doing the honky-tonks if it weren't for an ungovernable temper. In the few instances we see it displayed we never do see exactly what sets him off, the film might have been better if we had, we might understand McQueen more.

But the temper is a given and he's on parole. A wife and a daughter who the people of his Texas home town have never met and don't know the existence of, have come to join him. Lee Remick is the patient and loving wife, but she's coming slowly to the realization that this just isn't going to work.

Don Murray plays the local sheriff and a childhood friend who does what he can for McQueen. It's interesting to speculate whether Remick and Murray will get together afterward. Paul Fix has the same kind of part he did in To Kill A Mockingbird as a kindly judge.

If James Dean had lived this would have been a perfect role for him. But McQueen who had a background of foster care, who was a product of the social welfare system raising him, had a lot to draw on for his performance.

Steve McQueen did his own vocals though country singer Glenn Yarborough had a hit from the title song. Better that way then to have a real singer doing it lest the viewer think this guy has the talent to make it big.

Although this is not as good as To Kill A Mockingbird, writer Horton Foote and director Robert Mulligan did a bang up job in Baby The Rain Must Fall.

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