Rainbow on the River

Rainbow on the River (also known as It Happened in New Orleans) is a 1936 American musical film directed by Kurt Neumann from a screenplay by Harry Chandlee, Earle Snell, and William Hurlbut, based upon the novel Toinette's Philip by C. V. Jamison. Produced by Bobby Breen Productions and Principal Productions, the movie was premiered in New York City on December 17, 1936, and released nationwide by RKO Radio Pictures the following week on Christmas Day. The film stars Bobby Breen, May Robson and Charles Butterworth.

Rainbow on the River
Louise Beavers and Bobby Breen in a scene from the film
Directed byKurt Neumann
George Sherman
Produced bySol Lesser
Edward Gross
Screenplay byHarry Chandlee
Earle Snell
William Hurlbut
Based onthe novel, Toinette's Philip
by C. V. Jamison
StarringBobby Breen
May Robson
Charles Butterworth
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
CinematographyCharles Schoenbaum
Edited byRobert Crandall
Bobby Breen Productions
Principal Productions
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • December 17, 1936 (1936-12-17) (Premiere-New York City)[1]
  • December 25, 1936 (1936-12-25) (US)[1]
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plot summary

An orphan raised by a former slave in the South is forced to live with unfamiliar relatives in the North.[2]



  1. "Rainbow on the River: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  2. "It Happened in New Orleans". Nuray Pictures.

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