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The Big Drip (1949)

"The Big Drip" is an animated short about the building of the ark...by the animals. Includes a sing-a-long of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More"


Izzy Sparber (as I. Sparber)


Larry Riley (story), Larz Bourne (story)


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Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ... Crow / Beaver / Ducks / The Sun (voice) (uncredited)
Sid Raymond Sid Raymond ... Monkey / Elephant (voice) (uncredited)


This all-animated Paramount Screen Song (production number X9-2) has the story of a group of animals building an Ark in assembly-line fashion in preparation for the Big Flood. The setting is in darkest Africa and features the jungle animals. They finish just before the Bouncing Ball comes along and asks the audience to participate in singing "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More." Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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rain | song | singing | jungle | flood | See All (28) »


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Release Date:

25 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paramount Screen Song X9-2: The Big Drip See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Famous Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ended with gag involving the Paramount logo. This gag was removed by television distributor National Telefilm Associates. See more »


It Ain't Gonna Rain No More
by Wendell Hall
Audience participation singing
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How in the Heck Can I Wash My Neck?
1 November 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The weather forecast is for forty days of rain, so the animals of the jungle build an ark. When the skies clear, the sun puts away his umbrella and leads the audience in singing "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More" in this lively Famous Studios Screen Song.

Izzy Sparber's contributions to the Famous Studios Screen Songs were the better batch. While fellow director Seymour Kneitel liked to offer a series of blackout gags before going into the song, Sparber used a story line to pace the gags, which are sharper for the structure.

Interestingly, the censors got into the act, since the chorus line "How in the heck can I wash my neck?" is replaced with "How in the world can the old folks tell?" Still, the jokes offered in the verses are funny in a mildly hayseed way. Although not a patch on the Fleischer pre-Code Screen Songs, this one is a lot of fun.

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