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The Rains Came (1939)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  15 September 1939 (USA)
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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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Mr. Bannerjee
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Miss Mac Daid
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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
William Royle ...
Raschid Ali Khan
C. Montague Shaw ...
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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Nacht über Indien  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Bert Glennon started the movie as director of photography, but became ill and was replaced by Arthur C. Miller, who received the onscreen credit. See more »

Goofs

Even though Rama and Lady Edwima are caught in the same thundershower on the same street, when they arrive at Mr. Das' music school, his clothes are wet while hers are amazingly dry. Also's the wet spots on Rama's clothes migrate to different areas from scene to scene as they move from room to room in the school. See more »

Quotes

Fern Simon: [Lady Esketh is giving away her jewels to Fern] But I can't take them.
Lady Edwina Esketh: Don't be an idiot. If you and Tom have children, your son might be the Earl of Nolan. He'd have a wife, and she could wear them to boring dinner parties, and tell how they'd been left to her by a shameless wench called Lady Esketh, who died in Ranchipur during the Great Disaster of 1938. We're such snobs at home. We like stories like that.
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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

Referenced in Way Back When Women Had Their Weigh (1940) 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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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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