BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL. Remick (I met her in 1970 when she was living in London, and saw her on the stage as Cherie in BUS STOP in London in 1976, with Keir Dullea as that annoying cowboy (Remick, NFT labels), has a rather similar role in 1965's BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL, one of those Pakula-Robert Mulligan films, shot in nice black and white, with an Elmer Bernstein score, set in that fabled American backwoods/deep south, based on Horton Foote's "The Travelling Lady". It was though thrown away here in the UK as was released as the lower part of a double feature, and edited. Good its on dvd now. Lee, as in WILD RIVER and others, plays with her usual yearning the role of the young wife married to bad boy Steve McQueen. As the blurb says:
"Steve McQueen and Lee Remick ignite sparks in this impassioned drama about a rootless drifter and the woman who loves him. Georgette (Remick) arrives with her small daughter in Columbus, Texas, to join her husband (McQueen) who has just been paroled from the state penitentiary. He had been serving time for stabbing a man in a drunken brawl. His hopes pinned to a career as a songwriter, he returns to singing and playing guitar in bawdy roadhouses. Slim (Don Murray) a quiet-spoken deputy sheriff, grows attached to Georgette and the child and does what he can to keep the volatile McQueen in line. But when his tantrums become increasingly more violent, Slim is forced to stop him, bringing the film to a shattering climax".
From that nice opening of Lee and daughter travelling in the greyhound bus, this is an engaging pleasing film, good to see it again after this time. Incidentally, one of Lee's early roles was that sad little saloon girl giving her savings to Don Murray in his 1959 western starrer THESE THOUSAND HILLS - here he is supporting as Lee takes centre stage.
Soon: Lee in SUMMER AND SMOKE for the BBC in 1972.