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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.

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Mr. Bannerjee
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Miss Mac Daid
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Aunt Phoebe - Mrs. Smiley
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Mrs. Simon
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Rev. Homer Smiley
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Maharajah
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Lily Hoggett-Egburry
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Raschid Ali Khan
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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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15 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nacht über Indien  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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

Lady Edwina Esketh: What would you prescribe for a patient about to die of galloping boredom?
Major Rama Safti: Well, I imagine that the Maharani will see to it that you're properly entertained.
Lady Edwina Esketh: How?
Major Rama Safti: Well, the usual routine with guests, I believe, is to show them first the waterworks, then, in order, the narrow gauge railway, the hospital, the zoo, and the asylum for the insane.
Lady Edwina Esketh: [slight sarcasm] How exciting.
Major Rama Safti: Yes, isn't it?
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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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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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30 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Think of the year - 1939. It was 'THE' year for Hollywood with all the great movies that came out.

But the utmost highest quality of the special effects in this movie had me spellbound. You must watch it and try to absorb the enormity of the effects required while still being pulled into the story line. The actual story showcases the messy relationships and personalities experienced in real life. You see, the really great movies do not need showings of sex, cursing, or intentional violence from man against man. The really great movies are eloquently written and offered without defilement - so different from most of the movies of today.

Enjoy every minute! Myrna Loy - in a dramatic role so different from the Thin Man jovial series!

With aloha ~ KonaRose


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