Raintree County is a 1957 American epic historical romance western film adapted from the 1948 novel of the same name by Ross Lockridge Jr. The film was directed by Edward Dmytryk and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Set in the American South against the backdrop of the Antebellum South and the American Civil War, the film tells the story of a small-town Midwestern teacher and poet named John Shawnessy, who meets and marries a beautiful Southern belle named Susanna Drake; however, her emotional instability leads to the destruction of their marriage. The leading roles are played by Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Nigel Patrick and Lee Marvin.
In 1859, idealist John Wickliff Shawnessey (Montgomery Clift) is living in Raintree County, Indiana. He's fascinated by the legend of the county's magnificent raintree, and at one point he ventures into the large, dangerous swamp where he believes it can be found. His quest is unsuccessful, and he almost dies in the effort.
After the end of the war and President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, Shawnessey considers his future. Nell urges him to run for political office. Recognizing that Nell and John still love each other, Susanna sacrifices herself and deludedly enters the swamp in the middle of the night to find the legendary raintree. Four-year-old Jimmy follows her. The search party eventually finds her body. John and Nell find Jimmy alive and carry him out of the swamp. Focused on the child, the two fail to notice the tall, spectacular raintree glowing in the early morning sunlight.
On January 24, 1957, Dmytryk, Lewis, Joseph Vogel, and numerous studio executives drove out to Santa Barbara, California to preview the film at the Granada Theater. The film ran for three hours and six minutes, and it had reportedly received a favorable response from an audience of 1,100 spectators. However, by March 1957, following numerous previews, MGM announced that reshoots would begin that same month so \"that certain dramatic points will be emphasized by re-shooting in close-up and that extra footage will be added to achieve smoother transitions in the sprawling drama.\"
About 5,000 attendees arrived in Louisville, Kentucky for the film's world premiere at the Brown Theatre on October 2, 1957. It was the climax of two days of festivities which included a parade of limousines featuring stars from the film, receptions, and a costume ball held at the Freedom Hall Coliseum. The next month, it was reported that fifteen minutes would be cut from the film for its general release. For the film's wide release, Panavision president Robert Gottschalk stated Raintree County would be released in certain theaters on large-format 70mm film prints for roadshow theatrical engagements and on standard 35mm film prints.
Raintree County was filmed in 1956, premiered and released in late 1957 by Metro Goldwyn Mayer towards the end of Hollywood's Golden Age, as publicized by M-G-M, \"in the great tradition of civil war romance\". The movie was lavishly conceived, made for the widescreen, with a great musical score by Johnny Green, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Eva Marie Saint, Lee Marvin, Nigel Patrick, Rod Taylor, Agnes Moorehead.
\"The Incomparable Nat King Cole\" - Cole singing \"The Song of Raintree County,\" lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, music by John Green. Nat King Cole (1957) live and as recorded. (Note that YouTube & Google links can be short lived; if broken search). Piano sheet music for \"The Song of Raintree County.\" Robbins Music Corporation's 1957 sheet music publication in facsimile. (216 k)
--Raintree County (1957) Trailer . There are many Raintree County movie clips that spring up on YouTube. --Raintree County, clip with - DeForest Kelley --Roadshow Cuts The roadshow version contained an additional 14 minutes, 48 seconds (9 trims). Alterations had been posted on YouTube comparing the Roadshow to the later general release version but these have appartently been moved or removed. Information, Roadshow links sought here: @raintreecounty.com . Please put \"Raintree County\" in the Subject. Fyi, here's a list of scenes contained in the roadshow version that are not in the general release version:
--As part of the overture, Nat Cole sings \"The Song of Raintree County.\" --With nearly 21 minutes of footage not seen since its 1957 premiere engagements. Color/187 Minutes. --Including special features before the movie: behind-the-scenes documentary Operation Raintree and the original theatrical trailer. --Raintree County is presented in a \"letterbox\" widescreen format preserving the 2.35:1 \"scope\" aspect ratio of its original 35mm theatrical exhibition.
The Novel Essays Other Writings RL Jr. Writer's Award Complete Contents Book Orders The Biography links Photos / Postcards RC Source & Facsimiles Suicide & Prevention Movie & Score Please mail any comments or suggestions to: @raintreecounty.com
Tedious, bloated, and full of blowsy attempts at grand metaphor, such as a grown man trudging through miles of swampland to find a mythical \"golden raintree.\" Having Nat King Cole do the theme song for an antebellum era epic seems... in poor taste.Best part is when Lee Marvin captures Confederate officer Bones McCoy and the two become bros. Wish there was a whole movie of that.
This is an original, linen-backed, one-sheet movie poster from 1957 for Raintree County starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Nigel Patrick, Lee Marvin, and Rod Taylor. Edward Dmytryk directed the Civil War romantic drama based on a novel by Ross Lockridge Jr. John Groth and Wallace Bassford are the artists for the poster.
Original MGM Insert Card Poster for the Edward Dmytryk romantic drama, RAINTREE COUNTY (1957) starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Nigel Patrick, and Lee Marvin. When this film was in rehearsals, Clift's notorious drinking problem got completely out of hand. When the film was half finished, Clift left a party given by Taylor and her husband Michael Wilding and crashed his car into a telephone pole, horribly disfiguring his face. Production on the film was shut down for weeks, but the film was finally completed and received four Academy Award nominations, including Taylor's first nomination for Best Actress. This original insert card is folded and we have graded in in fine plus condition. MovieArt Austin guarantees that this poster is an authentic U.S. insert poster for this film. MovieArt Austin will sell no reproductionsEDWARD DMYTRYK - DirectorDame Elizabeth Taylor - ActorMontgomery Clift - ActorEva Marie Saint - ActorNigel Patrick - ActorLee Marvin - ActorRod Taylor - ActorAgnes Moorehead - ActorDeForest Kelley - ActorDon Burnett - ActorJames Griffith - Actor
Her lovely appearance also attracted her a great many male admirers. Seven of these she married, and one of them, actor Richard Burton, she wed twice, first from 1964 to 1974 and again from 1975 to 1976. Her first husband was hotelier Conrad Hilton, Jr. The union lasted less than a year. She divorced actor Michael Wilding in 1957 after five years of marriage to tie the knot with impresario Michael Todd, who then died in a plane crash in 1958.
She had four children over the course of her life: two sons with Michael Wilding, Michael (born 1953) and Christopher (born 1955); a daughter with Michael Todd, Elizabeth Frances Todd, called \"Liza\" (born 1957); and daughter Maria Burton (adopted 1964 with Richard Burton). 59ce067264