|Burt Lancaster||Bill Starbuck|
|Katharine Hepburn||Lizzie Curry|
|Wendell Corey||Deputy Sheriff J.S. File|
|Lloyd Bridges||Noah Curry|
|Earl Holliman||Jim Curry|
|Cameron Prudhomme||H.C. Curry|
|Wallace Ford||Sheriff Howard Thomas|
During the Great Depression, a drought is wreaking havoc on a small, destitute Kansas town. Bill Starbuck, a slick grifter, arrives in town, promising he can make it rain in exchange for $100. His offer is accepted by H. C. Curry, a rancher whose spinster daughter, Lizzie, is desperate for a suitor. Lizzie finally finds confidence when Starbuck, ever the smooth talker, convinces her she's beautiful.