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The Rainmaker (1956)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 13 December 1956 (USA)
During the Depression, a con-man promises rain to a desperate drought-ridden Kansas town and marriage to a local desperate spinster.

Director:

Joseph Anthony

Writers:

N. Richard Nash (screenplay), N. Richard Nash (play)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Bill Starbuck
Katharine Hepburn ... Lizzie Curry
Wendell Corey ... Deputy Sheriff J.S. File
Lloyd Bridges ... Noah Curry
Earl Holliman ... Jim Curry
Cameron Prud'Homme ... H.C. Curry
Wallace Ford ... Sheriff Howard Thomas
Yvonne Lime ... Snookie Maguire
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Storyline

Lizzie Curry is on the verge of becoming a hopeless old maid. Her wit and intelligence and skills as a homemaker can't make up for the fact that she's just plain plain. Even the town sheriff, File, for whom she harbors a secret yen, won't take a chance --- until the town suffers a drought and into the lives of Lizzie and her brothers and father comes one Bill Starbuck - profession: Rainmaker. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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It's about the magic that makes a woman beautiful when she's wanted by a man!

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Trivia

William Holden was originally cast as Bill Starbuck. After Holden backed out, Burt Lancaster read about it in Hedda Hopper 's column and phoned producer Hal B. Wallis. Lancaster agreed to star in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) if he would get the role of Bill Starbuck in this film. See more »

Goofs

After Starbuck shows up at the Currys' house, H.C. and Noah are playing a game of checkers. They start the game with H.C. playing red and make a few moves, then the phone rings. After the call, the game has reset to the beginning, and H.C. is playing black. See more »

Quotes

Noah Curry: We don't believe in rainmakers.
Bill Starbuck: What DO you believe in, mistah? Dyin' cattle?
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Connections

Remade as Der Regenmacher (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Burt Lancaster
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Striking a Poignant Chord
12 May 2000 | by harry-76See all my reviews

What's best, to live only in our dreams, only on the outside of them, or somewhere in between? N. Richard Nash has written a deceptively simple story about faith, reality, trust, and transformation in the script from his play, "The Rainmaker." Ably directed by Joseph Anthony, richly scored by Alex North, and lovingly played by Katherine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster, this is a poignant and surprisingly moving drama. While the secondary love interest between Earl Holliman and Yvonne Lime become a bit cloying and hokey at times, the main theme is beautifully enacted by two enormously gifted stars. "The Rainmaker" is an entertainment winner, while offering much substantive food-for-thought.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,100,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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