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Miracle in the Rain (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | April 1956 (USA)
Wartime romance about a lonely man and woman who meet one rainy afternoon in New York.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

Ben Hecht (novel), Ben Hecht (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Ruth Wood
Van Johnson ... Pvt. Arthur 'Art' Hugenon
Peggie Castle ... Millie Kranz
Fred Clark ... Steven Jalonik
Eileen Heckart ... Grace Ullman
Josephine Hutchinson ... Agnes Wood
William Gargan ... Harry Wood
Marcel Dalio ... Marcel - Waiter
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Halliwell Hobbes ... Ely B. 'Windy' Windgate
Paul Picerni ... Priest
Alan King ... Sgt. Gilbert 'Gil' Parker
Irene Seidner Irene Seidner ... Mrs. Hamer
Arte Johnson ... Monty
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A fanciful, O. Henryesque tale set in New York City during World War II. A shy, lonely woman and a dashing soldier from Tennessee meet in the rain late one afternoon, and end up falling in love. But Fate threatens to come between them. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den tha horisome pote See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Narrator: Champion of all the cities of the earth is the towering golden city of New York. It looms higher than any town of man before. Within its giant walls and steel sinews are more enterprises, more people, more mystery, and more music than were ever known before. Its windows are like the leaves of a mighty forest, and its streets are filled with wonder. Our story begins on a spring morning in May 1942 as the people of this remarkable city start to live and work another day.
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Wartime In New York
17 January 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Miracle In The Rain is a good, but very strange film. You first start watching it and you think you're seeing a nice romantic film with a wartime setting. But it takes a very unexpected turn into the supernatural and in the end a miracle of sorts is actually performed. And right on the steps of New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Jane Wyman is a plain jane sort of girl whose life consists of going to work and then getting home to tend to her ailing mother Josephine Hutchinson. Years ago the man of the household, William Gargan, walked out on the family and left Hutchinson the cynical and sickly soul that she is. So when Jane meets soldier Van Johnson during wartime he proves almost too good to be true.

Their love is intense in the short time they have before Johnson ships out. After that the film turns, first tragic and then mystical.

Other members of the cast who aid and abet Johnson and Wyman are people like Fred Clark as Jane's boss at work, a rebound man from way back, Peggie Castle who is Clark's mistress on the job, Alan King and Barbara Nichols a soldier and his new bride who Johnson and Wyman meet in Central Park and making their big screen debuts are Eileen Heckart as Wyman's best friend from work and Arte Johnson who plays an office boy where the girls work. No fool he.

Warner Brothers shot this film in New York which is why Heckart and Johnson who were based in New York got to work in this. It would have been nice if we had some color, but the black and white cinematography was nice. No doubt that Francis Cardinal Spellman himself must have had script approval of the whole project in order to allow scenes inside St. Patrick's to be done.

Though dated somewhat Miracle In The Rain is still a fine piece of entertainment and its message about true love never dying is one for all generations.


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