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The Rainmakers (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 October 1935 (USA)
Roscoe the Rainmaker is invited to California (with sidekick "Billy") to relieve a terrible dry spell and to save the community from an unscrupulous businessman who stands to profit from ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Guiol

Writers:

Grant Garett (screen play), Leslie Goodwins (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ... Billy
Robert Woolsey ... Roscoe the Rainmaker
Dorothy Lee ... Margie Spencer
Berton Churchill ... Simon Parker
George Meeker ... Orville Parker
Frederick Roland ... Henry Spencer (as Frederic Roland)
Edgar Dearing ... Kelly
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Roscoe the Rainmaker is invited to California (with sidekick "Billy") to relieve a terrible dry spell and to save the community from an unscrupulous businessman who stands to profit from the drought. Written by Jay Elvove <jay_elvove@umail.umd.edu>

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Trivia

When Mr. Spencer shows Margie the article about a machine that makes rain, the magazine cover shown is a real one, the August 1935 issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine. See more »

Quotes

[Roscoe and his assistant Billy are detailing the specifications of his rainmaking machine]
Roscoe Horne: Are there any questions?
Farmer: [angrily] Aw, we can see through you!
Roscoe Horne: [to Billy] When you get the machine started, drown him first, will you?
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Crazy Credits

Video of pouring rain is shown in between the opening credit screens of names. See more »

Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theodore A. Metz
Played by a band at the railroad station
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Wheeler & Woolsey wide the twain
13 April 2018 | by ofumalowSee all my reviews

This is a polished and entertaining W&W vehicle that is nothing remarkable but proves that their mostly forgotten films hold up more or less as well as that of most other screen comedy teams' from the era. Woolsey (who doesn't do a lot for me) is a supposed rainmaker called in desperation to a drought-plagued agricultural town; en route he picks up Dust Bowl farmer Wheeler, whose naif act is still pretty amusing.

The complications are ordinary but diverting enough (the highlight being the only song, a drolly staged duet for Wheeler and their usual leading lady Dorothy Lee) until we get to a long, elaborate runaway train climax that's good if not great--it's Buster Keaton-esque, with the big diff that Keaton would have avoided back-projection in favor of visibly real, risky stuntwork. Anyway, this is no forgotten classic but a fun outing for a team that shouldn't be so entirely neglected today.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silver Streak See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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