5th Annual Van Johnson Blogathon – Miracle in the Rain (1956)


This is a review for the The 5th Annual Van Johnson Blogathon taking place this week and being hosted by Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood

Tnx for letting me partake Michaela!

“You know, I never knew that people in New York had homes – I always thought they lived in elevators. ” – Pvt. Arthur ‘Art’ Hugenon

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – On a rainy afternoon two lonely souls meet and fall in love towards the beginning of the US involvement in World War II.

My Take on it – Great love story that has a mystical element to it which enhances things even more.

The chemistry between Van Johnson and Jane Wyman is great and this relationship feels quite realistic in the way it is presented.

Besides showing the romantic aspects, the film has a great message and asks some very difficult question while attempting to find answers to them along the way.

Love the way that the mystical aspect of this is done in a simplistic and ambiguous way and that helps keep things grounded and engaging to watch unfold.

The characters are developed well and it’s easy to care about them based on how we see their simple lifestyles unfold.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of many of Van Johnson’s movies where he is in the military. Some have branded him a draft dodger not being in the military during WWII, but after a car crash in 1943 where he sustained such a serious head injury that he had a plate put in his skull he was classified 4-F (“unfit for military service”). He had scars that were covered for movies by heavy makeup but he didn’t for The Caine Mutiny (1954). Johnson felt that showing scars gave more credence to his naval character. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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