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The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker

Burt Lancaster
Director: Joseph Anthony Cast: Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
, Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
, Wendell Corey
Wendell Corey
Joseph Anthony

DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed)

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N. Richard Nash's play The Rainmaker has always attracted the most flamboyant of performers, and this 1956 film version is no exception. Burt Lancaster all but bursts from the screen with his arm-waving portrayal of a confidence artist who works the drought-ridden Southwest, promising to bring rain for a flat fee of a hundred bucks. During his latest campaign, Lancaster takes up residence in the home of farmer Cameron Prud'homme (repeating his Broadway role) and his three offspring: rambunctious Earl Holliman, suspicious Lloyd Bridges, and ugly-duckling Katharine Hepburn. In a scene which has since become a standard in high school acting classes, Lancaster works his carnival-huckster charm on Hepburn, convincing her that she's the most gorgeous creature on earth. Armed with new self-confidence, Hepburn stops her tomboyish behavior and becomes a delectable object of affection for local suitor Wendell Corey. After performing this "miracle," Lancaster's last-act ability to conjure up a cloudburst seems almost anticlimactic. The probing lens of the movie camera does little to hide the fact that virtually everyone in the film is too old for their roles, but The Rainmaker makes up its shortcomings with sheer unbridled energy.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2017
UPC: 0032429283702
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 19,646

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Bill Starbuck
Katharine Hepburn Lizzie Curry
Wendell Corey File
Lloyd Bridges Noah Curry
Earl Holliman Jim Curry
Cameron Prud'Homme H.C. Curry
Wallace Ford Sheriff Thomas
Yvonne Lime Snookie
Dottie Bee Baker Belinda
Dan White Deputy
John Benson Townsman
James F. Stone Townsman
Tony Merrill Townsman
Ken Becker Phil Mackey
Joe E. Brown Townsman

Technical Credits
Joseph Anthony Director
C.C. Coleman Asst. Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Warren Low Editor
N. Richard Nash Screenwriter
Paul Nathan Producer
Alex North Score Composer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Walter Tyler Art Director
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Wally Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Tornado Rod [5:13]
2. Starbuck Arrives at Three Point [5:01]
3. Lizzie [10:02]
4. Pop's Idea [6:22]
5. Deputy File [9:24]
6. The Curry Ranch [7:32]
7. Enter the Rainmaker [7:50]
8. The Deal Is Set [10:18]
9. Big Brother [5:55]
10. A Gentleman Visitor [:24]
11. Old Maid [12:50]
12. Little Dreams [5:18]
13. Young Lovers [10:46]
14. Looking for Tornado Johnson [5:31]
15. "I'm Beautiful!" [4:13]
16. A Beau [4:39]
17. Rain [4:33]

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