Rain or Shine

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Capra's early sound effort was intended as a showcase for Broadway comic Cook, whose mercurial slapstick talent made him a top draw on stage, but rarely translated into screen craft. Here he's running a circus hit by bad weather, declining audiences, a recalcitrant owner and performers about to go on strike. He manages to keep the show on the road, however, with a one-man display of clowning that (literally) brings the house down. Capra upped his directorial reputation by filming the climactic conflagration in one take, a risky undertaking given rudimentary early talkie technology, even if he did use several cameras for coverage.


Release details

92 mins

Cast and crew

Frank Capra
Dorothy Howell, Jo Swerling
Joe Cook
Louise Fazenda
Joan Peers
William Collier Jr
Dave Chasen
Tom Howard