In The Rainmaker a sweltering southwestern burg gets a new lease on life when flimflam man Burt Lancaster breezes into town. Claiming he can start the rains falling, he boards with Prud’homme while working his magic. He also works magic in the life of Hepburn, a fading flower whom Lancaster fills with a breath of spring, giving her the confidence to prod her sometime suitor Corey. Stage director Anthony brings his Broadway success (which began life as a TV play) to the screen.
Alex North, composer for The Rainmaker, was one of Hollywood’s most versatile music-makers. But he also wrote concert music, and trained with Ernest Toch and Aaron Copland.
Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor: Earl Holliman. Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn; Best Score.
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 (H.C. Curry), Wallace Ford (Sheriff Howard Thomas), Yvonne Lime (Snookie Maguire), Jack Kenny (Townsman),
Director: Joseph Anthony
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director of Photography: Charles Lang
Editing: Warren Low
Script: N. Richard Nash
Art Direction: Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler
USA / Paramount / 121 minutes / 1956