Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Adair Countians And Raintree County
This article first appeared in issue 18, and was written by Ed Waggener.
There was a great stir when MGM's Raintree County was filmed in Danville in 1957. There are still stories of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift around that Bluegrass town, and the car accident there which ruined Clift's looks.
It was big news in Columbia, too. Because there were jobs as extras in the movies. One of the extras we've located is Minnie Rubarts, retired Adair County educator and author of the History of Education in Adair County.
"I don't mean to tell you I was a star in the film," Mrs. Rubarts said recently, "but I was in it."
On trips to Lexington, which used to always wend through Danville, somebody would always say, as the car turned the corner at Lexington Avenue and the Burgin Road in Danville, "That's the house which was in Raintree County." Everybody knew the big two story antebellum brick house with the wrought iron fence around it was in Raintree County, but somebody always had to refresh the collective memory.
The house is very familiar to Columbia physician Dr. Phil Aaron. He lived in the Raintree County house when he was a student at Centre College.
"It's the Nelson Rhodes house," Dr. Aaron recalls. "Nelson Rhodes was a prominent attorney in Danville. In fact, he still practices there. His mother was a grandmotherly type lady. During my last semester at Centre, I stayed there."
It was different at the Rhodes house, he recalls. "You didn't just pay your room and board. Mrs. Rhodes had rules. I had to do some chores. And she required us to stay up with the news, which we were to discuss at meals. This may have been influenced by the stories making the rounds that the Kennedy's mealtimes were times when the great issues of the day were discussed. We had some wonderful discussions. Mrs. Rhodes was very sharp, even though she was way up in her 80s."
The Nelson Rhodes house has a somewhat holy mystique in Kentucky film history because one can still conjure up memories of Elizabeth Taylor (Susanna Drake) and Montgomery Clift (John Wickliff Shaughnessy) there. Rock Hudson was there, though he didn't have a role in the movie. But Eva Marie Saint, Lee Marvin, and Agnes Moorehead did act in Raintree County.
Dr. Aaron says that when he was at Centre in the early 60's people were still talking about the Danville premier of Raintree County. People who were extras in the movie were lined up, and the extras would run to show where they were as the movie ran, he said.
This story was posted on 1997-12-24 12:01:01
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Columbia Movies Special Issue:
Matthew Arnold, Producer/director
The Columbian Theater
Jonathan Moore/director Producer
Before Warren Oates Went Under For The 3rd Time, The Preacher's Boy Was There T
The Movie Set Production Assistant: The Solver Of Little And Big Problems
Adair County's Major Film Actors
Is It Too Far Out To Foresee Movie Making Here?
Movie Palaces Of Columbia In Order Of Appearance
Mrs. Garnett: Parlor Circle, Tutt's Hall, Rialto, Columbian, Entertained Commun
View even more articles in topic Columbia Movies Special Issue
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
Columbia in the Movies
from the archives of
Click for Stories
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.