Rain or Shine (film)

Rain or Shine
Directed by Frank Capra
Produced by Harry Cohn
Written by James Gleason (book of musical play)
Maurice Marks (book of musical play)
Jo Swerling
Dorothy Howell
Starring Joe Cook
Louise Fazenda
Columbia Pictures
Frank R. Capra Production
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 15, 1930 (1930-08-15)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Rain or Shine is a 1930 American pre-Code film directed by Frank Capra and starring Joe Cook and Louise Fazenda. The film was adapted from a hit Broadway musical of the same name and was originally planned as a full-scale musical. Due to the public backlash against musical films (beginning in the latter part of the summer of 1930), all musical numbers were discarded before release. This move proved to be prudent as the film was a box office success, continuing the streak of hits Capra directed for the young Columbia Pictures studio.


A woman inherits her father's struggling travelling circus, and looks to the circus's manager, Smiley, to save the day when the performers conspire to strike during a performance.


The film survives intact and has been broadcast on television and cable. The International Sound Version of this film also survives. Both versions have been released on DVD.



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