Baby The Rain Must Fall...
Filmed in Columbus, Bay City and Wharton, where the Texas premiere was held...
 
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-k8WF-V3LQ
 

The FULL movie...

https://ffilms.org/baby-the-rain-must-fall-1965/

 

 
Steve McQueen drove a COBRA car the whole time he was here and the people at the Ford Dealer said he tuned it up there while he was there.

McQueen got pulled over more than once for speeding through town in his sports car.

The crew and cast stayed at The Caravan Motel which became The Oasis Motor Hotel on Highway 35  and is now known as the Bay City Inn.

The Oasis Motor Hotel was built at the same time as the movie. McQueen had the huge pool put in for him.

https://www.google.fr/maps/@28.982768,-95.9892815,3a,37.5y,329.7h,89.24t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHgo3TPYjD4FXXPQeTYncyw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

 

BAY CITY...where the crew was based at a local hotel

 

They created a Sound Stage at the USO to shoot a lot of the movie. It was a big deal in town...the building is now known as the 'Bay City Service Centre.'

2105 Avenue M, Bay City, Texas 77414

 

 

Relaxing in Bay City...

Corner 6th Street / Avenue K, Bay City...
 

{STANLEY'S store, 1400 8th Street, Bay City TX 77414}

 
 

 

 

Summary of Locations

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

There were FOUR houses used in the film. One in COLUMBUS and three in WHARTON...

 

HOUSE (1) - Miss Clara & Slim's home...WHARTON

It is on the National Historic Register as THE DR GREEN DAVIDSON HOUSE...

Miss Clara and Slim's home where they baby sat the child, Margaret Rose...

 

Movie scenes: First scene babysitter sitting on the porch plucking beans while Margaret Rose asks her about the cemetery.

Another is Slim, the sheriff and Steve McQueen are looking up at sycamore tree.

Another is where Steve McQueen freaks out and tries to dig up his step mother from the grave.

Lastly, is where he's been arrested and allowed to visit the grave one last time and see his wife and daughter. Then he tries to run...

Miss Clara...

 

The 'fake' cemetery was where the oval shape in the grass is positioned...

The 'fake' cemetery is full of houses!!

{A piece of paper on the floor gives the actor their position for the camera shot...}

 

 

This house was on North Richmond Street and Bolton Street (Highway 60) in Wharton and it had a cemetery nearby in the film but this was fake. They built the set because in 1965 films had to get permission from every family in the cemetery to film there. The other house is 'hidden' over the RIGHT shoulder of this young actress...

 

 

Steve McQueen with Kimberly Block...

{Photographed in COLUMBUS cemetery and not in the 'fake' cemetery in Wharton}

 
 

 

WHARTON, TEXAS...

The isolated country rental house scenes where Henry, Georgette and Margaret Rose live together were suppose to be filmed near Bay City, just inland of the Gulf coast, and south of Wharton and Columbus...

But the  house was actually a few blocks away from the Wharton County Courthouse. It looked abandoned like no one lived there.

 

 

Suggested location for the house:

https://goo.gl/maps/LxfcsisDWuT2

 

"Sonny and Freddie Ullmann farmed the land at that time (1965)"


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The 'shell' house was located near the bottom corner of this triangular field on the brown ploughed area...

Location clue: Wharton Water Tower in the distance on the left -

Located in CLOUD STREET...

 

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https://www.google.fr/maps/@29.2962937,-96.0936879,3a,15y,341.48h,88.4t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sm_RlQScc6p7-NimHzUQdxg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

The Water Tower was knocked down two or three years ago...

 

 

HOUSE (2) - Georgette, Henry and Margaret's home...NEAR WHARTON on the FM1299/Alabama roads

 

The black car above drives along...

 
 

 

 
 

McQueen with his wife, Neile...

 

 

{A piece of paper on the floor gives the actor his position for the camera shot...}

{NO RUG ON THE STEPS}

 

{RUGS ON THE STEPS TO KEEP THE ACTORS COMFORTABLE...}

 

 

THE FILMING MAINLY TOOK PLACE ON THE PATCH OF GRASS NEXT TO THE PLOUGHED FIELD...

 

WHARTON, Texas...

Writer HORTON FOOTE photographed by William Claxton on location in Wharton, Texas 1963...Foote was born in Wharton.

The Texas premiere was held in Wharton on February 4th, 1965 at the now demolished Rio Theatre, 435 W.Milam St., Wharton, TX 77488 (closed 15th June, 1975 & demolished 20th November, 1997)

 

 

WHARTON, TEXAS...

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COLUMBUS. TEXAS...

Confederate Memorial Museum, Courthouse Square, Columbus, Texas, with the Stafford building in the background...

The Real Estate building is number 1102-1104, now Columbus State Bank...

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Itís here:

https://bit.ly/2LGA4Gy

 

HOUSE (3) - Mr & Mrs Tillman's house where Henry Thomas had a spare room...COLUMBUS

On the corner Travis St/Spring St in Columbus. Colorado County Courthouse in the background, Spring Street side.

The place Lee Remick is waiting for the bus is on Travis street, facing the house where McQueen is photographed sitting under the porch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT HOME, PALM SPRINGS REHEARSING...

Musician Billy Strange at Steve McQueen's house in Palm Springs to teach him to play the guitar for his character...

Steve McQueen with Glen Campbell...

 

 

 

Film Location: The Old Wagon Wheel, Wharton...

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The Old Wagon Wheel
3802 Highway 59
Loop North Wharton
77488 USA

The Wagon Wheel got turned into a liquor store and eventually torn down a few years ago.

The Bar scenes with the overhead outdoor lights and the white lattice were taken outside the Pecan Gardens north of Wharton on HWY 59. There is only a concrete slab left where the building stood

 

 

Step Mother's house: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_9R-eqwD1Xs

 

HOUSE (4) - Miss Kate Dawson's home...now demolished: the house was located at 219, E.Burleson Street...WHARTON

The crew is at the corner Burleson/Resident streets, in front of the Ahldag House {219 E.Burleson St.}

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According to photographer, William Claxton, the crew were shooting in Wharton, Texas on November 22nd 1963 when the radio announced the assassination of President John F Kennedy's in Dallas. Everyone gathering around the radio was stunned. Especially Steve McQueen, who took it very hard and kept very quiet for the rest of the stay in Texas.

 

 

William Claxton took this photograph and a road sign can be seen in the background...

Road sign reads: E.BURLESON ST. 200 / S.RESIDENT ST. 100...

The 1953-54 Wharton City Directory shows 219 E.Burleson St. was where Fred Wutherich lived...

 

 

 

 

 

On the RIGHT - "R.B.Hand Co. Auto Parts" became "HI-Lo Auto Parts" with Keonig welding on the LEFT.

Now "Big G.Auto Glass" on North Richmond Road...

 

 

 

The prison shown in the movie is actually the GRAIN STORAGE buildings in MARKHAM

405 Farm to Market Road 1468, Markham, TX 77456

 

 

 
 

 

 

THE FINAL SCENE...

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