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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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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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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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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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: I hope I'm not keeping you from your guests.
Fern Simon: Oh, they're not *my* guests. That's mother's idea of "high society." They're all excited because YOU'RE here.
Thomas 'Tom' Ransome: Really? Should I be flattered?
Fern Simon: They say dreadful things about you...
Thomas 'Tom' Ransome: [playfully whispers] What sort of things?
Fern Simon: That you're a drunkard, and a bounder, and a remittance man... They'll hang around you just the same, because your father was an earl.
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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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Featured in Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (2000) 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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Great spectacle, weak drama
19 January 2009 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The Rains Came is one of the less successful examples of the genius of the studio system. Part of the 30s vogue for disaster movies (San Francisco, In Old Chicago), the violence of the spectacle is truly impressive when the earthquakes and floods hit at the halfway point, but the human drama is less engaging, partially due to a plethora of weak characters that it's hard to care about in too many tired scenes that don't catch fire. Too much of the film is carried by George Brent's dissolute ex-pat fending off Brenda Joyce's advances, while an unflatteringly shot Myrna Loy is too self-centred to care for. Tyrone Power's noble Indian doctor almost seems an afterthought, getting surprisingly little screen time (presumably in case he kisses a white woman and gives the censors a coronary), although there is some novelty value in Nigel Bruce playing Loy's genuinely unpleasant husband (a match almost as unlikely as H.B. Warner and Maria Ouspenskaya's Maharajah and Maharani).

The Region 1 DVD is extras-lite for a Fox Classics release - an enjoyable audio commentary, poor reissue trailer (that almost completely ignores the spectacle) and brief stills gallery.


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