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The Rainmakers (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 October 1935 (USA)
Roscoe the Rainmaker is invited to California (with sidekick "Billy") to relieve a terrible dry spell and to save the community from an unscrupulous businessman who stands to profit from ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Guiol

Writers:

Grant Garett (screen play), Leslie Goodwins (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... Billy
Robert Woolsey ... Roscoe the Rainmaker
Dorothy Lee ... Margie Spencer
Berton Churchill ... Simon Parker
George Meeker ... Orville Parker
Frederick Roland ... Henry Spencer (as Frederic Roland)
Edgar Dearing ... Kelly
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Storyline

Roscoe the Rainmaker is invited to California (with sidekick "Billy") to relieve a terrible dry spell and to save the community from an unscrupulous businessman who stands to profit from the drought. Written by Jay Elvove <jay_elvove@umail.umd.edu>

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silver Streak See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Mr. Spencer shows Margie the article about a machine that makes rain, the magazine cover shown is a real one, the August 1935 issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine. See more »

Quotes

Roscoe Horne: I could use a bright boy like you! You could be my assistant. Do you know anything about machinery?
Billy: I know all about plows and tractors and things...
Roscoe Horne: Good! Then I'll be your assistant.
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Crazy Credits

Video of pouring rain is shown in between the opening credit screens of names. See more »

Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
In the score near the end
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Some decent stunts make up for the film's deficiencies
18 January 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Okay, I have got to admit that I think Wheeler and Woolsey were among the least funny comedy teams ever--and you might want to keep this in mind when reading the review. I've seen about eight of their films (since I'll watch almost ANY movie if it was made in the 1930s) and I keep waiting for them to be anything other than mediocre. Oh well, at least they were funnier than the Ritz Brothers and a few of their films were even funnier than some of Abbott and Costello's worst films.

The boys are professional rain makers called to a dusty town because the farmers will be ruined if they don't get some rain. I really liked the scene just after this where they are caught up in the tornado--it's underplayed well and the special effects are really good. However, once they make their way to the town that is featured in the film, things slow down considerably. There is a decent train chase sequence near the end (though in a serious continuity mistake, the one train that was only a few yards behind the other suddenly is a mile or two behind once Wheeler and Woolsey disembark). Not a bad film, but lacking magic and staying power.


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