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The Rains Came (1939)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 15 September 1939 (USA)
Living in India with her crude husband, a British aristocrat is reunited with an old flame at a party, though she truly has her sights set on a handsome doctor.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Philip Dunne (screen play), Julien Josephson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Myrna Loy ... Lady Edwina Esketh
Tyrone Power ... Major Rama Safti
George Brent ... Tom Ransome
Brenda Joyce ... Fern Simon
Nigel Bruce ... Lord Albert Esketh
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Maharani
Joseph Schildkraut ... Mr. Bannerjee
Mary Nash ... Miss Mac Daid
Jane Darwell ... Aunt Phoebe - Mrs. Smiley
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Simon
Henry Travers ... Rev. Homer Smiley
H.B. Warner ... Maharajah
Laura Hope Crews ... Lily Hoggett-Egburry
William Royle ... Raschid Ali Khan
C. Montague Shaw ... General Keith (as Montague Shaw)
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Storyline

The adventurous Lady Edwina Esketh travels to the princely state of Ranchipur in India with her husband, Lord Albert Esketh, who is there to purchase some of the Maharajah's horses. She's surprised to meet an old friend, Tom Ransome who came to Ranchipur seven years before to paint the Maharajah's portrait and just stayed on. Ransome has developed something of a reputation - for womanizing and drinking too much - but that's OK with Edwina who is bored and looking for fun. She soon meets the local doctor, the hard working and serious Major Rama Safti. He doesn't immediately respond to her advances but when the seasonal rains come, disaster strikes when a dam fails, flooding much of the countryside. Disease soon sets in and everyone, including Ransome and Edwina, work at a non-stop pace to save as many as possible. Safti deeply admires Edwina's sacrifice but fate intervenes. Written by garykmcd

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nacht über Indien See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Ranchipur of novelist Louis Bromfield was built on 18 acres of the 20th Century-Fox back lot. The maharajah's palace, which was wrecked room by room in the earthquake, cost $75,000. The breaking of the dam was shot in two nights using 14 cameras. See more »

Goofs

In the hospital scene toward the end, Fern is in Lady Esketh's room when Tom arrives. He enters and stands next to Fern, clearly empty-handed. Lady Esketh asks Fern to leave and then we see a close-up of her in her bed as she talks to Tom. When the film cuts to a shot of Tom he's standing with a large envelope or file folder in his hand, tapping on it with a finger. He then leaves the room with the folder in his hands. See more »

Quotes

Thomas 'Tom' Ransome: [showing Lady Esketh the Maharajah's summer palace] That's a Rembrandt. That's a Buddhist prayer wheel.
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Crazy Credits

Each set of credits (except for the 20th Century-Fox logo) disintegrates after it appears, as if it were washed away by the rain falling in the background. See more »

Connections

Featured in Special Effects: Anything Can Happen (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
In the score when Queen Victoria's statue is shown
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Watch out the water's rising!
14 July 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

High gloss drama with first class special effects. In fact the film was the winner of the first Oscar given for special effects. Myrna somewhat surprisingly plays at least in the beginning a selfish slut, a high class slut but a slut nonetheless, redeemed by love and hardship. Tyrone Power although not at all believable as an Indian is capable and sincere and almost supernaturally beautiful. Even the customarily stolid George Brent after some initial stiffness is better and more relaxed than usual. Excellent production values and a first rate supporting cast make this an entertaining winner. Another classy enterprise from that golden year of 1939.

Remade in color, but with a lot of the guts cut out, as the Rains of Ranchipur with Lana Turner and Richard Burton. That version is an okay time filler but this one is superior in every way.


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