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The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 14 December 1955 (USA)
Despite marital problems, English Lord Albert Esketh and his rich American socialite wife Lady Edwina Esketh travel to India to buy a prize horse from the ruler of Ranchipur.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Louis Bromfield (novel), Merle Miller (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Lady Edwina Esketh
Richard Burton ... Dr. Major Rama Safti
Fred MacMurray ... Tom Ransome
Joan Caulfield ... Fern Simon
Michael Rennie ... Lord Albert Esketh
Eugenie Leontovich ... Maharani
Gladys Hurlbut Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Simon
Madge Kennedy ... Mrs. Smiley
Carlo Rizzo Carlo Rizzo ... Mr. Adoani
Beatrice Kraft Beatrice Kraft ... Oriental Dancer
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Storyline

Rich American socialite Lady Edwina Esketh, who obtained her title by marrying English Lord Albert Esketh, travels to Ranchipur where Albert hopes to buy a prize stallion from the Maharani. Theirs is not a happy marriage and after she meets a prominent local doctor, Rama Safti, falls madly in love with him. He too is in love with her much to the Maharani's disapproval as she has great plans for the good doctor. Also living in Ranchipur is Tom Ransome an old friend of Edwina's who perhaps knows too much about her past. When a natural disaster destroys much of Ranchipur, disease follows forcing Safti to choose between treating the sick or being with Edwina, who is also deathly ill. Written by garykmcd

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INDIA...never more exotic, mysterious! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rains Came See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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This One's Just A Drizzle
20 September 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The original film on which The Rains Of Ranchipur is a remake, The Rains Came share one thing in common. The Rains Came won the second Oscar given in the category of Best Special Effects and The Rains Of Ranchipur was nominated in the same category. But other than that while the first was a tidal flood of emotions this one barely registers a drizzle.

Unhappily married Michael Rennie and Lana Turner come on holiday to the Indian province of Ranchipur. He married her money, she married his title and she's had a long string of affairs in both hemispheres that always make the gossip columns. She takes one look at Hindu doctor Richard Burton and decides he will be her latest conquest. She also meets another of her former conquests Fred MacMurray who is living out here on his inheritance and who missionary kid Joan Caulfield decides he's got the makings of a reformation project.

That's about how the original film is laid out. But the changes and softenings of the story and the characters make The Rains Of Ranchipur lose all its punch. The biggest changes are to the characters that Lana Turner and Michael Rennie play who were essayed by Myrna Loy and Nigel Bruce in the original. See the two side by side and you'll know what I mean. In addition Joan Caulfield is way too old to be playing college age girls. Her part in the original is done by Brenda Joyce.

Color has been added and some nice location cinematography of India during its first decade of independence is nice to see as well as the earthquake and flooding sequences. It makes up for a watered down story.


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