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|Burt Lancaster||Bill Starbuck|
|Katharine Hepburn||Lizzie Curry|
|Lloyd Bridges||Noah Curry|
|Earl Holliman||Jim Curry|
|Cameron Prud'Homme||H.C. Curry|
|Wallace Ford||Sheriff Thomas|
|Dottie Bee Baker||Belinda|
|James F. Stone||Townsman|
|Ken Becker||Phil Mackey|
|Joe E. Brown||Townsman|
|C.C. Coleman||Asst. Director|
|Sam Comer||Set Decoration/Design|
|John P. Fulton||Special Effects|
|Edith Head||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Arthur Krams||Set Decoration/Design|
|Charles B. Lang||Cinematographer|
|N. Richard Nash||Screenwriter|
|Alex North||Score Composer|
|Hal Pereira||Art Director|
|Walter Tyler||Art Director|
|Hal B. Wallis||Producer|
Posted October 1, 2010
This is one of my favorite movies. Burt Lancaster plays a traveling snake oil salesman who shows up on the doorstep of a ranch where Katherine Hepburn, her father and two brothers live. He tells them his name is Starbuck, a rainmaker. Their town is in the middle of a drought and they've lost several cattle as a result. Starbuck tells them that for $100.00 he will bring rain. Lloyd Bridges is the oldest brother and the practical one who doesn't trust Starbuck. Earl Holliman plays the younger, not terribly bright but very sweet younger brother. Katherine is their plain looking old maid sister who they have been trying to marry off to the towns Sheriff, a man who claims to be a widow but in truth his wife left him.
Katherine also doesn't trust Starbuck but eventually he helps her sorely lacking self confidence and convinces her that she is beautiful.
She starts out with no beau but in the end has to choose between Starbuck the dreaming con man or File, the sensible down to earth Sheriff.
I really love this movie.