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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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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 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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rainmaker See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,100,000, 31 December 1957
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Produced Hal B. Wallis paid $300,000 for the filming right, beating out RKO Pictures which had also bid for the rights. 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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Soundtracks

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Burt Lancaster
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A Classic
18 March 2001 | by artzauSee all my reviews

I'll say it like it is. This is a classic. Nash's play comes to live on the silver screen with veteran actors Cameron Prud'homme, Wallace Ford, Katie Hepburn and Earl Holliman. Wendell Corey, who few of us remember beyond his breaking a Ming Vase in Mildred Pierce, is great as the stiff deputy. Sweet little Yvonne Lime is on but for a few moments but the cast is great and the story comes together just wonderfully. The commenter who was bothered by Katie's New England English and the implausibility of the storyline needed to let go of such a rigid standard. Nothing is ever perfect. Lancaster is great as the fast-talking Starbuck and one can see flashes of his former role as the Italian buffoon in The Rose Tattoo and what will come in the later Elmer Gantry. This is a wonderful story and sensitively done by a fine cast. Check it out. It is a classic.


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