Rainmakers

Rainmakers

Director: Fred Guiol

Cast: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee

     
 

After six box-office smashes in a row, the comedy team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey came a-cropper with 1935's The Rainmakers. The boys are cast respectively as Billy and Roscoe, professional rainmakers summoned to the drought-stricken farming community of Lima. Everyone in town hopes that Roscoe's magnetic rain-making contraption will bring about aSee more details below

Overview

After six box-office smashes in a row, the comedy team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey came a-cropper with 1935's The Rainmakers. The boys are cast respectively as Billy and Roscoe, professional rainmakers summoned to the drought-stricken farming community of Lima. Everyone in town hopes that Roscoe's magnetic rain-making contraption will bring about a cloudburst -- everyone, that is, except town banker Simon Parker (Berton Churchill), who wants the drought to continue so he can buy up all the land at dirt-cheap prices. When Parker fixes it so that the boys' first public demonstration of their machine will be completely unattended, Billy and Roscoe decide that they need to stage a spectacular publicity stunt to stir up interest. They arrange for a second demonstration to coincide with the planned collision of two dynamite-loaded railroad engines. As the crowd gathers, however, the engineers panic and quit, leaving our heroes to run the engines themselves -- and the result is a tiresome, protracted chase sequence, rendered doubly dull by some of the least-convincing back-projection work in movie history. The traditional duet between Bert Wheeler and his perennial leading lady Dorothy Lee, "Isn't Love the Grandest Thing," is the highlight of The Rainmakers, thanks to a clever gag involving a "tree of truth"; this routine would later find its way into the 1942 Abbott & Costello comedy Pardon My Sarong.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2012
UPC:
0883316449578
Original Release:
1935
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:18:00
Sales rank:
79,549

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Rainmakers
1. Chapter 1 [1:14]
2. Chapter 2 [3:30]
3. Chapter 3 [2:29]
4. Chapter 4 [1:55]
5. Chapter 5 [1:18]
6. Chapter 6 [4:38]
7. Chapter 7 [3:03]
8. Chapter 8 [2:21]
9. Chapter 9 [1:47]
10. Chapter 10 [2:01]
11. Chapter 11 [2:24]
12. Chapter 12 [2:28]
13. Chapter 13 [3:32]
14. Chapter 14 [1:31]
15. Chapter 15 [3:16]
16. Chapter 16 [1:31]
17. Chapter 17 [3:01]
18. Chapter 18 [1:31]
19. Chapter 19 [1:36]
20. Chapter 20 [2:55]
21. Chapter 21 [3:24]
22. Chapter 22 [1:54]
23. Chapter 23 [2:52]
24. Chapter 24 [2:29]
25. Chapter 25 [1:30]
26. Chapter 26 [2:53]
27. Chapter 27 [2:38]
28. Chapter 28 [2:00]
29. Chapter 29 [3:51]
30. Chapter 30 [2:29]
31. Chapter 31 [2:07]
32. Chapter 32 [1:57]

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