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"Barney Miller" The Rainmaker (1981)

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Original Air Date:
14 May 1981 (Season 7, Episode 21)
The officers arrest a rainmaker, only to discover that he was hired by the drought-ridden city. Wojo, Harris, and Dietrich each consider applying for a job opening in vice. | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Noam Pitlik 
Writing credits
Frank Dungan (teleplay) &
Jeff Stein (teleplay)

Paul Robinson Hunter (story) (as Paul Hunter) and
Frank Dungan (story) &
Jeff Stein (story)

Danny Arnold (created by) and
Theodore J. Flicker (created by)

Produced by
Danny Arnold .... executive producer
Roland Kibbee .... executive producer
Makeup Department
Joe Blasco .... makeup artist
Music Department
Jack Elliott .... composer: theme music
Allyn Ferguson .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Paul Glanzman .... technical adviser (as Lt. Paul Glanzman)
Noble Moore .... technical director

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Danny Arnold  creator
Theodore J. Flicker  creator

Produced by
Frank Dungan .... producer
Cinematography by
Steve Schein 
Casting by
Cody Ewell 
Sound Department
John Speak .... sound mixer
Production CompaniesDistributors

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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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The title is based on the movie The Rainmaker (1956).See more »
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J. Pat O'Malley and Leonard Stone, 31 July 2014
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

"The Rainmaker" opens with a Canadian tourist (Beatrice Colen, second of two) searching through the mug book for a purse snatcher, while Barney announces an opening in vice if anyone's interested. Much to his surprise, Harris, Dietrich, and Wojo all show an interest in escaping their daily monotony by transferring to midtown, to Levitt's expected delight. Their captain reminds all three however, that after they all move on to different precincts, he'll be the one still stuck back at the 12th. Meanwhile, NYC is paralyzed by a severe drought, during which a call comes in about possible arson in Washington Square. It turns out that the culprit, Walter Dooley (J. Pat O'Malley, last of three), is a professional rainmaker since The Great Depression, contracted by Water Department official Ernest Lun (Leonard Stone, fourth of five) to produce a little rain. Lun's initial embarrassment over the situation turns to sheer delight when a cloudburst gushes forth a great quantity of rainfall. On his way out, Dooley expresses an interest in taking his talents over to Afghanistan ("it might be fun to muck it up for the Russkies!").

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