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The Rains Came (1939)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Major Rama Safti
George Brent ...
Brenda Joyce ...
Nigel Bruce ...
Maria Ouspenskaya ...
Mr. Bannerjee
Miss Mac Daid
Aunt Phoebe - Mrs. Smiley
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Mrs. Simon
Rev. Homer Smiley
Laura Hope Crews ...
Lily Hoggett-Egburry
William Royle ...
Raschid Ali Khan
C. Montague Shaw ...
General Keith (as Montague Shaw)


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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Release Date:

15 September 1939 (USA)  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to Arthur Miller - the cinematographer who replaced Glennon - the real reason that Glennon left the production was not illness but because Clarence Brown was not happy with his work, believing it was "not brilliant enough". According to Miller, Brown "wanted the whole thing to shine. And Glennon made it shadowy and soft" (Miller quoted in Higham. Hollywood Cameramen. 143). Glennon walked off the production and Miller stepped in. Miller also repeats this version of events in his own autobiography, One Reel a Week. See more »


In the hospital scene toward the end, Fern is in Lady Eskwith's room when Tom arrives. He enters and stands next to Fern, and he clearly has nothing in his hands. Lady Eskwith asks Fern to leave and then we see a close-up of her in the hospital bed as she talks to Tom. When the scene changes to Tom, he is standing with a large envelope or file folder in his hand, tapping or flicking it with one finger. He leaves the room with the folder in his hands. See more »


Mrs. Simon: It's my last tea this season. We'll be leaving for Simla before the rains. You'll be going too, of course?
Lily Hoggett-Egburry: Naturally. No one stays in Ranchipur during the monsoon.
Thomas 'Tom' Ransome: No? Only about five million people.
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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 »


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The Rains Came
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Written for the movie and possibly played instrumentally
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One of Fox' better efforts
22 February 2006 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

Made the year of the really great movies of the Golden Years of Hollywood, "The Rains Came" was a quite remarkable achievement in 1939

  • the photography and Special Effects (Flood and Earthquake) were
extremely well done, and stand up quite well today. It was made in an era where Stars were the keys to a movie's success, and Fox brought together some big names for this Blockbuster. Heading the Cast is Tyrone Power as Major Safti, and he is perfect for the role, while Myrna Loy as Lady Esketh is well cast. George Brent had his best role ever, and the supporting cast included such gems as Maria Ouspenskaya, Nigel Bruce, Jane Darwell, Henry Travers and Joseph Shildkraut and believe me , these people do so much in adding to the quality of this film. The difference between Indian and Western cultures during the period of the Raj was well captured, and altogether moves along at a good pace, and makes for excellent entertainment.

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