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Operation Raintree (1957)

This MGM short is a behind the scenes look at the making of Raintree County (1957). Filmed in Danville, Kentucky and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, the film used many of ... See full summary »
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Uncredited cast:
Montgomery Clift ... Himself (uncredited)
George Fenneman ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Herself (uncredited)
Lee Marvin ... Himself (uncredited)
Agnes Moorehead ... Herself (uncredited)
Nigel Patrick ... Himself (uncredited)
Eva Marie Saint ... Herself (uncredited)
Elizabeth Taylor ... Herself (uncredited)
Rod Taylor ... Himself (uncredited)
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This MGM short is a behind the scenes look at the making of Raintree County (1957). Filmed in Danville, Kentucky and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, the film used many of the locals as extras. The film includes scenes of Sherman's march to Atlanta and shows several crews preparing sites for shooting. Written by garykmcd

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Documentary | Short

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USA

Language:

English

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1957 (USA) See more »

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Danville, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Mono
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Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Performed by studio orchestra
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Dull promo for a dull Civil War romance...
22 June 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

What can I possibly say about this dull MGM promotional short for one of their biggest flops--RAINTREE COUNTY--supposed to be their answer to GONE WITH THE WIND.

The film itself is a great big sprawling mess--a large canvas in search of a story. The idea of looking for the magical Raintree is nicely expressed in Johnny Green's rich background score, but that's the only thing besides pretty sets and costumes that the picture has going for it.

This short merely shows cameras, cast and crew getting ready to set up scenes for the film, thanks to the help and cooperation of inhabitants of Danville, Kentucky, where much of the town scenes were filmed. We get barely a glimpse of the stars, the most interesting aspect being the recreation of a railroad station and an old train used for a key scene. Everything else is puffed up to resemble a narrative that will bring people to see the film.

Summing up: As dull as the film itself.


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