The Rainmaker (1956 film)

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The Rainmaker
The rainmaker film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Joseph Anthony
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Written by N. Richard Nash
Starring Burt Lancaster
Katharine Hepburn
Music by Alex North
Cinematography Charles Lang
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
December 13, 1956 (1956-12-13)
Running time
121 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.1 million (US)[1]

The Rainmaker is an American 1956 film directed by Joseph Anthony and adapted by N. Richard Nash from his play The Rainmaker. The film tells the story of a middle-aged woman, suffering from unrequited love for the local town sheriff; however, she falls for a con man who comes to town with the promise that he can make it rain. It stars Burt Lancaster, Katharine Hepburn, Wendell Corey, Lloyd Bridges and Earl Holliman.


During the Depression era in the Midwest, con man Bill Starbuck acts as a rainmaker, but is chased out of town after town. One day, he arrives in a drought-ridden rural town in Kansas and showed up at the door of spinsterish Lizzie Curry and the rest of the Curry clan. Lizzie keeps house for her father, H.C., and two brothers on the family cattle ranch. As their farm languishes under the devastating drought, Lizzie's family worries about her marriage prospects more than about their dying cattle. Prior to Starbuck's arrival, Lizzie was expecting Sheriff File, for whom she harbors a secret yen, though he declined the family's invitation to dinner. Starbuck promises to bring rain in exchange for money.[2] Against Lizzie's protests, H.C. goes for the deal out of desperation for rain even though he thinks Starbuck is a con. Starbucks in exposed, but the Curry clan stands up for him, leading to both Starbucks and File finally declaring for Lizzie. In the end, Lizzie gets her man, and of course, it rains.


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The Rainmaker play was remade as for American television in 1982, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring James Cromwell, Tommy Lee Jones, William Katt and Tuesday Weld.

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  1. ^ "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30
  2. ^ BLS Inflation Calculator
  3. ^ "The 29th Academy Awards (1956) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 

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