Miracle in the Rain (DVD)
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.
Need a good cry? A real fistful-of-Kleenex, cathartic, "Oh (sob) my (sob) God (sob)" weeping jag? The deft and lovely Miracle in the Rain
is exactly what the love doc ordered. The 1956 classic stars Jane Wyman as Ruth, that long-lost movie heroine type: a working-girl spinster caring for her ailing mother, toiling at her mundane job and feeling life's passing her by. Well, life has a little surprise up its sleeve, in the form of a random meeting on the streets of New York, with a soldier named Arthur (Van Johnson), who's on temporary leave during World War II. The streets are dingy and the rain is pounding, but the mood is changed; two lost souls connect. What follows is a believable, heart-wrenching tale with a great script (courtesy of Ben Hecht), and terrific performances by the two leads and a brassy Eileen Heckart as Ruth's best pal (and chaperone on the couple's first date!). The film presages the later weepy Somewhere in Time
, with its echoes of fate, chance, and even the role of a tiny coin. Fans of romance of all eras, who believe what Arthur says--"Love never dies"--should wrap themselves in the cocoon of Miracle in the Rain
--and never stop believing in miracles. --A.T. Hurley