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Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 January 1965 (USA)
With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus, Texas to be reunited with her husband, Henry Thomas, who has just been... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Horton Foote (play), Horton Foote (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Henry Thomas
Lee Remick ... Georgette Thomas
Don Murray ... Slim
Paul Fix ... Judge Ewing
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Ewing
Ruth White ... Miss Clara
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Mr. Tillman
Carol Veazie Carol Veazie ... Mrs. Tillman
Georgia Simmons Georgia Simmons ... Miss Kate Dawson
Estelle Hemsley Estelle Hemsley ... Catherine
Kimberly Block Kimberly Block ... Margaret Rose Thomas
Zamah Cunningham Zamah Cunningham ... Mrs. T.V. Smith
George Dunn George Dunn ... Counterman
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Storyline

With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus, Texas to be reunited with her husband, Henry Thomas, who has just been released from prison on parole. Columbus is Henry's hometown. Margaret Rose has never met her father. Henry is not yet ready for this reunion as he is an irresponsible soul, who has problems looking after himself, let alone a wife and infant daughter. People in Columbus are doing whatever they can to help Henry, people such as Slim, the Deputy Sheriff who has known Henry since they were kids, and the Tillmans, who have given him a place to live as well as a job to do chores around their house. However, Henry is reluctant to give up songwriting and performing with his rockabilly band, the honky-tonks where he plays the environments which exacerbated his previous life problems. Henry has the unrealistic belief that he will become the next Elvis Presley. Beyond these issues, the biggest obstacle in ... Written by Huggo

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The more he gets into trouble, the more he gets under her skin! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Lady und der Tramp See more »

Filming Locations:

Lockhart, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Josephine Hutchinson is billed fifth after Lee Remick, Steve McQueen, Don Murray and Paul Fix. She has no lines and appears on-screen for about five seconds. See more »

Goofs

When Henry plants the china berry tree in his front yard he neglects to take it out of the tin can first, guaranteeing that it will never grow larger, and probably strangle to death. See more »

Quotes

Georgette Thomas: [woken up from Henry's banging] Henry, what's the matter?
Henry Thomas: I dreamt I was back in the pen.
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Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby, The Rain Must Fall
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyric by Ernie Sheldon
Sung by Steve McQueen (dubbed by Billy Strange)
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Ungovernable Temper
14 December 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The team that brought you To Kill A Mockingbird has also given us Baby The Rain Must Fall another southern based drama though the protagonist is hardly as admirable as Atticus Finch. Steve McQueen and Lee Remick star in this film as a married couple trying to make a new start in life after McQueen is released on parole from prison.

McQueen is a musician/singer of sorts and while I doubt he could have a career in big time country music, he doesn't have the talent to make the really big time. You won't see McQueen at the Grand Ole Opry, but he could make a respectable living doing the honky-tonks if it weren't for an ungovernable temper. In the few instances we see it displayed we never do see exactly what sets him off, the film might have been better if we had, we might understand McQueen more.

But the temper is a given and he's on parole. A wife and a daughter who the people of his Texas home town have never met and don't know the existence of, have come to join him. Lee Remick is the patient and loving wife, but she's coming slowly to the realization that this just isn't going to work.

Don Murray plays the local sheriff and a childhood friend who does what he can for McQueen. It's interesting to speculate whether Remick and Murray will get together afterward. Paul Fix has the same kind of part he did in To Kill A Mockingbird as a kindly judge.

If James Dean had lived this would have been a perfect role for him. But McQueen who had a background of foster care, who was a product of the social welfare system raising him, had a lot to draw on for his performance.

Steve McQueen did his own vocals though country singer Glenn Yarborough had a hit from the title song. Better that way then to have a real singer doing it lest the viewer think this guy has the talent to make it big.

Although this is not as good as To Kill A Mockingbird, writer Horton Foote and director Robert Mulligan did a bang up job in Baby The Rain Must Fall.


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