The Rainmaker (1956)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

USA, 1956.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by , based on his play.   Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

An unmarried daughter is such serious business that in this film it’s the cause of major drama. Katharine Hepburn is excellent as the vulnerable woman in question, whose spinster state has her loving father () worried about her future. Enter smooth con man (Burt Lancaster) who woos the lady into a love affair and convinces her to accept no substitute. There’s some great acting, but like most theatrical adaptations of the period it’s a bit too obvious that this film is based on a play.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn); Best Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

Golden Globe Award:  Best Supporting Actor (Earl Holliman)
Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Actor-Drama (Burt Lancaster); Best Actress-Drama (Katharine Hepburn)

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