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The Rains Came (1939)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 15 September 1939 (USA)
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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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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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)  »

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Nacht über Indien  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Tyrone Power won the first "Harvard Lampoon" Worst Actor Award for his performance. 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

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 »

Connections

Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No.14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight)
(1802) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on piano by an unidentified boy in Mr. Das' music school
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Watch out the water's rising!
14 July 2013 | by (United States) – See 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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