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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

Elvis Presley tested for the role of Jim Curry. Presley was under a contract with producer Hal B. Wallis. 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

Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Burt Lancaster
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Believing in Yourself
27 August 2005 | by rsjs619See all my reviews

The skeptical reviewers miss the point. In fact, they take the position of Lizzie herself before she begins to believe in herself.

That some of this movie appears hokey, over-the-top and unbelievable is perfect. It requires the same leap of faith for the movie viewer as the characters must take in the story.

The script for this movie is brilliantly written and as timely today as it ever was. The casting and acting are wonderful.

This movie makes a very valuable point: It's not a con when you help someone believe in herself. You do something wonderful when you help another find hope, faith and love.


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