Baby the Rain Must Fall

Synopsis: With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus, Texas to be reunited with her husband, Henry Thomas, who has just been released from prison on parole. Columbus is Henry's hometown. Margaret Rose has never met her father. Henry is not yet ready for this reunion as he is an irresponsible soul, who has problems looking after himself, let alone a wife and infant daughter. People in Columbus are doing whatever they can to help Henry, people such as Slim, the Deputy Sheriff who has known Henry since they were kids, and the Tillmans, who have given him a place to live as well as a job to do chores around their house. However, Henry is reluctant to give up songwriting and performing with his rockabilly band, the honky-tonks where he plays the environments which exacerbated his previous life problems. Henry has the unrealistic belief that he will become the next Elvis Presley. Beyond these issues, the biggest obstacle in the
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Robert Mulligan
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
100 min

Come on, we'll buy some.

- Will you come with me?

- Yes, ma'am.

"Sir," Margaret Rose.

You "ma'am" your mama

and you "sir" this gentleman.

Yes, sir.

- Take a nickel, Margaret Rose.

- The treat's on me.

No, no. I have it right here.

Thank you. There you go.

- What kind do you want?

- Juicy Fruit.

It's a real nice little girl

you got there.

Thank you.

She's just the sunshine of my life.

Do you want a room

by the week or the month?

By the week.

You see, I'm meeting

my husband here.

I don't rightly know just when.

I mean, not down to the exact minute.

But I look for him

early part of next week.

Don't you and your little girl

want something to eat first, Mrs?...

Thomas. No, thank you, not for me.

What about you, Margaret Rose?

I guess we're both

just too excited to eat.

You see, I just decided yesterday.

I was working in Tyler

and I got laid off...

...because things were slow

at the drive-in.

So I just wrote to Henry...

...and I said,

"I'm sick unto death of Tyler. "

What'd you say your husband's

first name was?


Henry Thomas.

He was born and raised here.

- Do you know him?

- We grew up together.

Well, my goodness.

He's here now, Mrs. Thomas.

He's here?

Yes, ma'am.

Did you hear that, Margaret Rose?

Your daddy's here already.

Do you know where he's living, so

my little girl and I can go over there?

I'll take you myself.

It's just down the street.

Oh, thank you.

Come on, honey.

Mrs. Tillman.

Mrs. Till...

Slim, you almost scared me

out of my wits.

Sorry. Is Henry up yet?

No. What's wrong?

Well, a woman and a little girl came

into the bus station a little while ago.

She said she's married to him.

They're out in the yard.

My goodness! He never mentioned

he had a wife to me.

- Did he to you?

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Horton Foote

Albert Horton Foote Jr. (March 14, 1916 – March 4, 2009) was an American playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his screenplays for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird and the 1983 film Tender Mercies, and his notable live television dramas during the Golden Age of Television. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta and two Academy Awards, one for an original screenplay, Tender Mercies, and one for adapted screenplay, To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1995, Foote was the inaugural recipient of the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award. In describing his three-play work, The Orphans' Home Cycle, the drama critic for the Wall Street Journal said this: "Foote, who died last March, left behind a masterpiece, one that will rank high among the signal achievements of American theater in the 20th century." In 2000, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. more…

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