Miracle in the Rain

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Overview

The fate that brings lovers together can easily tear them apart as can be seen in this sentimental tragedy that centers on an ordinary-looking secretary's (Jane Wyman) lonely life. Other than working and spending some free time with a spinster (Eileen Heckart), who is her best friend, the woman devotes most of her time attempting to cheer up her deeply depressed, eternally grieving mother, who has never recovered from her husband's leaving her. One day the secretary is in Central Park when a cloudburst occurs and...
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Overview

The fate that brings lovers together can easily tear them apart as can be seen in this sentimental tragedy that centers on an ordinary-looking secretary's (Jane Wyman) lonely life. Other than working and spending some free time with a spinster (Eileen Heckart), who is her best friend, the woman devotes most of her time attempting to cheer up her deeply depressed, eternally grieving mother, who has never recovered from her husband's leaving her. One day the secretary is in Central Park when a cloudburst occurs and she ends up meeting a handsome young soldier from Tennessee (Van Johnson). Although they couldn't be more different, they fall deeply in love. Unfortunately, he goes overseas and gets killed. The poor secretary nearly falls apart both mentally and physically. She seems near death when one day she is walking near St. Patrick's Cathedral when a second miracle occurs, giving her the will to live again.
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Special Features

2 vintage Behind the Cameras segments from the Warner Bros. Presents tv series; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English (feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's amazing that the cynical Ben Hecht is responsible for the screenplay for Miracle in the Rain, the kind of tear-jerker you would figure he would go out of his way to avoid. Hecht, however, seems to have had a real soft spot -- a bit too soft, based on Miracle. Those who enjoy "weepies" will have a field day here, for Miracle unashamedly and unabashedly pulls out all the stops in search of those teardrops. Unfortunately, it goes a bit overboard on this score, which is often par for the course in this kind of film. What's more surprising are some of the structural deficiencies in the screenplay, given Hecht's usually sharp eye in this area. There's too much padding, too many extraneous side trips, with the result that not enough time is spent with Jane Wyman and Van Johnson together. Granted, the point of the film involves the strength of their union despite its brevity; even given that, however, the two are given short shrift. Director Rudolph Maté doesn't help things with his too earnest direction and with his unwillingness to explore many lighter moments to provide some contrast to the tear-jerking. Wyman and Johnson do sterling work with less-than-sterling material, and the cast in general is fine. They can't work miracles with Miracle, but they do make it worth watching.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • UPC: 085391107446
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,383

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Wyman Ruth Wood
Van Johnson Pvt. Arthur Hugenon
Eileen Heckart Grace Ullman
Fred Clark Stephen Jalonkik
Peggie Castle Millie Kranz
Josephine Hutchinson Agnes Wood
William Gargan Harry Wood
Marcel Dalio Waiter
George Givot Headwaiter
Barbara Nichols Arleene Witchy
Halliwell Hobbes Eli B. Windgate
Paul Picerni Young Priest
Alan King Sgt. Gil Parker
Arte Johnson Monty
Minerva Urecal Mrs. Canelli
Rose Allen Elderly Woman
Diana Dawson 25-Year-Old Woman
Jess Kirkpatrick Andy the Bartender
Lucita Accordionist
Peter Mamakos
Allan Ray 40-Year-Old Man
Frank Scannell Auctioneer
Irene Seidner Mrs. Hamer
Technical Credits
Rudolph Maté Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Bau Makeup
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Mel Dellar Asst. Director
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Thomas Reilly Editor
Frank P. Rosenberg Producer
William Wallace Set Decoration/Design
Franz Waxman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Miracle in the Rain
1. Credits [2:20]
2. Day at the Office [4:08]
3. A Soldier to Dinner [3:50]
4. Art's Saga [4:34]
5. Poetical Soul [4:26]
6. Three for the Show [2:36]
7. Roman Coin [3:51]
8. Café Ormandy; Harry Wood [4:20]
9. Shared Memories [4:36]
10. End of a Wonderful Day [4:06]
11. Latecomer Bearing Flowers [3:43]
12. I'll Always Believe in You [1:46]
13. Central Park Newlyweds [5:14]
14. Dope on Art's Unit [2:15]
15. Old Windy's Story [5:32]
16. I Love You Forever [4:30]
17. Letters [1:55]
18. Picture of a Couple [3:11]
19. Departures [:42]
20. Alone in the Dark [3:57]
21. St. Patrick's Cathedral [4:20]
22. Familiar Tune [3:47]
23. Revisiting St. Andrew [5:57]
24. Taken Ill [4:42]
25. Visiting on an Impulse [3:54]
26. Reunion [5:25]
27. Miracle in the Rain [3:52]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Miracle in the Rain
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Behind the Cameras: A Real New York Story
      Behind the Cameras: The Warner Bros. Film Lab
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Subtitles: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Right up their with "An Affair to Remember"

    I remember watching this movie with my mother and both of us would have a good cry. I hadn't seen it for years and was glad to happen upon it. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

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