Miracle in the Rain
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Jane Wyman and Van Johnson star in this classic love story, an O. Henry-style romantic melodrama about of two lonesome people, a shy woman and a dashing soldier from Tennessee. After they meet on a rainy afternoon in New York City during World War II, they start to build a love that might last forever. But fate threatens to come between them. Ben Hecht wrote the screenplay based on his novel. The popular song "I'll Always Believe in You" is featured.]]>
- Two vintage "Behind the Cameras" segments from the Warner Bros. Presents TV series
- Original theatrical trailer
Top Customer Reviews
Jane Wyman is wonderful as a lonely woman brought to life by the unexpected attention of soldier Van Johnson in this tender soaper. Though it doesn't have quite the charm of "The Clock" with Garland and Walker, there is something very real and ultimately moving about this bittersweet story of falliing in love during wartime.
Ruthie (Wyman) lives in New York where she takes care of her heartbroken mother, still shell-shocked years after Ruthie's father called one night to say he was leaving. It has not allowed the sweet Ruthie much of a life outside her job and mother. When she meets a soldier in an elevator named Art (Van Johnson), his warm and friendly manner is just the right medicine for Ruthie, who's never really been noticed.
Johnson really shines in a role tailor-made for his boyish charm. He is lonely too, and masks his need with constant chatter so that Ruthie can't tell him to go away. Art sort of invites himself to dinner and over the next two days they paint a picture of love's transforming magic, which does not always take huge amounts of time. It is a picture painted on a canvas of fresh grass in Central Park, boat races, and a city made for falling in love.
When Art's 153rd is slated to pull out, however, their happiness is interrupted. It is the small touches, such as Ruthie's pride in a story Art gets publised in the paper, and a truck full of soldiers yelling goodbye to Ruthie when Art leaves that make this film rise above its soap opera origins. Ben Hecht's script, based on his own story, doesn't hurt either. A lovely and subtle score by Franz Waxman adds just the right mood to this special film.Read more ›
as for the DVD, the transfer is excellent and the sound adequate, though on some player you may have to adjust the volume higher than normal.
Well, I somewhat reluctantly settled back with this dvd and a bowl of popcorn on a snowy day in Chicago and the flood gates just opened up. I yanked the box of Kleenex out and cried through at least half the movie. As wonderful as Jane Wyman was in Johnny Belinda, I really think this is as good or possibly even better a movie because of her sensitive performance. Wyman just seems to have this innate ability to act with her expressive face. She doesn't need a lot of dialogue or hysteria. Wow, what a scene stealer! As for the other players, Van Johnson delivers his usual stellar performance as the nice, 'gee whiz' sort of young man that he seemingly had the corner on in all the old MGM movies he was in and Eileen Heckert is great as Wyman's friend. Still this is a Wyman movie, no doubt about it.
As for the quality of the print, it was very good. My only question was why did this movie languish in an underground vault (apparently unviewed for so many years)? I have to assume that the powers-that-be knew they were sitting on a gold mine that was just waiting for the advent of home video.
Anyway, make sure you have a full box of Kleenex before you sit down to watch this one so you won't have to stop it midway into the movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jane Wyman delivers a performance every bit as wondeful as her role in Johnny Belinda. You WILL believe in Miracles after you see this.Published 5 days ago by Christenna Wagener
...an old favorite of mine from being in my early thirties. ...a nice romantic tear-jerker.Published 1 month ago by Polly Hines
One of my favorite "old" movies..yes it's a bit corny...but if you haven't seen it before, I guarantee you will need a tissue or two at the end! Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Wilkerson
Good movie. Good story.It was heartwarming and sweet, It was a good buy.Published 2 months ago by D. Williams
A reviewer at the time said the picture was straitlaced and uncompromisingly dull. That about sums it up!Published 3 months ago by Lovely Joints
I love this movie. Great scenes of NY...great scenes of a woman whose faith is tested.Published 3 months ago by tealover
A great movie,so WWII with a soldier who meets a girl with no time to spare for herself.They meet when they duck in out of the rain,and he invites himself to her home and to a cold... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ellen
Tear jerker movie I spent years looking for. Great movie. Bought one for everyone in my family.Published 5 months ago by Catherine Lewis
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