ⓘ The Rainmaker (1956 film)


ⓘ The Rainmaker (1956 film)

The Rainmaker is a 1956 American romance 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. Holliman won a Golden Globe Award for his performance.

The film was later remade in Hindi as Thodasa Roomani Ho Jaayen.


1. Plot

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 shows 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, Lizzies family worries about her marriage prospects more than about their dying cattle. Prior to Starbucks arrival, Lizzie was expecting Sheriff File, for whom she harbors a secret yen, though he declined the familys invitation to dinner. Starbuck promises to bring rain in exchange for money. Against Lizzies protests, H.C. goes for the deal out of desperation for rain even though he thinks Starbuck is a con. Starbuck is exposed, but the Curry clan stands up for him, leading to both Starbuck and File finally declaring for Lizzie. In the end, Lizzie gets her man, and of course, it rains.


2. Awards

Academy Awards

  • Best Music Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: Alex North
  • Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn

Golden Globe Awards


  • Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor: Earl Holliman


  • Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama
  • Golden Globe for Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn
  • Golden Globe for Best Actor: Burt Lancaster

3. Adaptations

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