skip navigation
Rainbow on the River

Rainbow on the River(1936)

Also Known As: Toinette's Philip |

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here

Remind Me

TCMDb Archive MaterialsView all archives (0)

DVDs from TCM Shop

Rainbow on the River Young Phillip Ainsworth,... MORE > $4.95 Regularly $8.99 Buy Now


powered by AFI

DVDs from TCM Shop

Rainbow on the River Young Phillip Ainsworth,... MORE > $4.95
Regularly $8.99
buy now

Brief Synopsis

Young Phillip Ainsworth, (Bobby Breen), an orphan of the US Civil War, has been lovingly raised by Toinette, (Louise Beavers) a former slave. Toinette has big plans for the boy. She has saved her money to send him to a private school. But when the local priest, Father Josef, (Henry O'Neill) finds Phillip's family living in New York, the boy is sent north to live with people who refuse to accept him as their own. His only friend is the butler, Barrett, (Charles Butterworth). But his curmodgeon of a grandmother, (May Robson) is finally broken down by the boy's charm and good manners, and all ends happily. Along the way Breen has ample opportunity to show off his voice by singing several songs, including the title song three times.

Cast & Crew

Kurt Neumann Director
Bobby Breen Philip [Ainsworth]
May Robson Mrs. [Harriet] Ainsworth
Alan Mowbray Ralph Layton
Benita Hume Julia Layton
Henry O'Neil Father Josef
Stymie Beard Abraham Lincoln Stonewall Jackson George Washington Lilybell Jones

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: week of 17 Dec 1936
Release Date:  1936 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Sound:  Production Co:  Bobby Breen Productions, Inc., Principal Productions, Inc.
Duration(mins):  85, 88 or 91 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

Leonard Maltin Ratings & Review



User Ratings & Review

This title has not been reviewed. Be the FIRST to write a review by CLICKING HERE >

User Ratings & Review

User Reviews:

  • Recommend:

  • Cinema History:

  • Cinematography:

  • Lead Performers:

  • Supporting Cast:

  • Director:

  • Screen Play:

  • Music Score:

  • Title Sequence:

User Ratings:

  • Bobby Where Are You

    bazmyboy 2015-08-03

    A film much appreciated by the great Basil Rathbone's friend,soon to be killed by hit-and-run driver (Jack Miltern,Baz's friend-who wanted Breen... MORE>

  • Bobby Breen (beautiful singer)

    jack andrew 2013-11-16

    I would love to see this movie made available for purchase. Very few boys have a nice gifted singing vocal range that Bobby Breen brings to every movie. I... MORE>

  • It will leave you singing

    Violet E. Oropeza 2008-04-30

    Although this movie has not aired on TCM to the best of my knowledge, it is one of several movies made by the gifted young boy actor, Bobby Breen. Like his... MORE>