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Director:
Writers:
Philip Dunne (screen play) and
Julien Josephson (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
15 September 1939 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The adventurous Lady Edwina Esketh travels to the princely state of Ranchipur in India with her husband... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Old-Fashioned Exotic Melodrama with a Smoldering Loy and Special Effects That Still Impress See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Myrna Loy ... Lady Edwina Esketh

Tyrone Power ... Major Rama Safti
George Brent ... Tom Ransome
Brenda Joyce ... Fern Simon

Nigel Bruce ... Lord Albert Esketh
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Maharani

Joseph Schildkraut ... Mr. Bannerjee

Mary Nash ... Miss Mac Daid

Jane Darwell ... Aunt Phoebe - Mrs. Smiley
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mrs. Simon

Henry Travers ... Rev. Homer Smiley

H.B. Warner ... Maharajah
Laura Hope Crews ... Lily Hoggett-Egburry
William Royle ... Raschid Ali Khan
C. Montague Shaw ... General Keith (as Montague Shaw)
Harry Hayden ... Rev. Elmer Simon
Herbert Evans ... Bates
Abner Biberman ... John - the Baptist
Mara Alexander ... Mrs. Bannerjee
William Edmunds ... Mr. Das
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Abdo ... Soldier (uncredited)
Sonie Charsaky ... Princess (uncredited)
Zebedy Colt ... Boy Piano Player (uncredited)
Guy D'Ennery ... Mr. Durga (uncredited)
Dominie Duval ... Girl (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Hindu Woman (uncredited)
Rosina Galli ... Nurse (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Officer (uncredited)
Jamiel Hasson ... Aide-de-Camp (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Adele Labanset ... Princess (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Engineer (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Nurse (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ... Jama Singh - Rajput Chant Singer (uncredited)
Rita Page ... Esketh's Maid (uncredited)
George Regas ... Rajput (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Offical (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence Brown 
 
Writing credits
Philip Dunne (screen play) and
Julien Josephson (screen play)

Louis Bromfield (novel)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (director of photography) (as Arthur Miller)
Bert Glennon (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
 
Art Direction by
William S. Darling  (as William Darling)
George Dudley 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sol Halperin .... second unit director (uncredited)
Booth McCracken .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Edmund H. Hansen .... sound department head (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special effects scenes stager
Edmund H. Hansen .... special effects sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph LaShelle .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harold Lloyd Morris .... technical advisor (uncredited)
George Remington .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Charles E. Whittaker .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
103 min | 105 min (copyright length)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #5320) | USA:TV-G (tv rating)

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To create the flood effects, a 50,000-gallon tank of water was built on a studio soundstage.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Thomas 'Tom' Ransome:[showing Lady Esketh the Maharajah's summer palace] That's a Rembrandt. That's a Buddhist prayer wheel.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Old-Fashioned Exotic Melodrama with a Smoldering Loy and Special Effects That Still Impress, 31 July 2009
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

In the same high-watermark year that saw the burning of Atlanta in "Gone With the Wind" and Dorothy's house spinning perilously in a tornado in "The Wizard of Oz", this little-seen 1939 romantic melodrama won the first Oscar ever awarded to a film for Best Special Effects. Seventy years later, the earthquake-to-flood sequence still holds up impressively, even in the age of CGI programming with a surprisingly seamless combination of models, mattes and huge dump tanks. The artistry of Fox effects whiz Fred Sersen's work is worth slogging through the first fifty minutes of archaic set-up. Directed by MGM veteran Clarence Brown ("The Yearling"), the story would appear to have the makings of a romantic triangle given the three leads, but it actually consists of two contrasting love stories.

Set in colonial India at its most exotic (although filmed entirely on the studio back lot), one thread centers on Tom Ransome, an aging, alcoholic British playboy pursued by Fern Simon, the love-struck daughter of local missionaries. The other is the forbidden romance that develops between Lady Edwina Esketh, the adulterous British wife of a pompous horse breeder and Major Rama Safti, a Hindu doctor devoted to his homeland. The calamitous disaster obviously veers all four off course as they find themselves re-evaluating their feelings for one another until fate steps in and decides for them. The second love story is obviously a metaphor for the diminishing hold Britain had on India in the years prior to Mahatma Gandhi's rise as the leader of the burgeoning republic. However, the May-December romance between Ransome and Fern initially follows a "Lolita"-esque course that offsets the balance of the film. Course correction comes with the unusually well-cast principals.

Usually playing warm-hearted wives both scrappy ("The Thin Man") and noble ("The Best Years of Our Lives"), Myrna Loy surprises with a sexy, assured performance as Lady Edwina. She cuts a diaphanous figure as a voracious temptress and transitions convincingly to a woman desperate for moral redemption. It's a shame Loy had so few opportunities to show this uncensored side of her talent. Ridiculously handsome, Tyrone Power doesn't look remotely Indian even with a turban and constant tan. During the matinée idol phase of his career, he lacked depth and nuance, for example, take note of his embarrassing bad breakdown scene late in the film. However, he is obviously here for eye candy, and Loy's lustful glances are well justified in this regard.

Perhaps because he is not playing opposite the vivid fieriness of constant co-star Bette Davis ("Dark Victory"), the usually bland George Brent is terrifically engaging as Ransome. I have to admit his witty banter with Loy held my interest far more than the concealed passion between her and Power. For better or worse, Brenda Joyce brings a strangely off-kilter dimension to Fran. Several great recognizable character actors fill the supporting parts, a few playing purely Hollywood versions of exotics - Jane Darwell, Henry Travers, H.B. Warner, Marjorie Rambeau, Joseph Schildkraut – though none makes a more vivid impression than Maria Ouspenskaya ("Dodsworth", "Love Affair") as the worldly wise Maharani with her dangling cigarette holder. The print transfer on the 2005 Fox Studios Classic DVD is impressively pristine. There is a chatty commentary track from film aficionados Anthony Slide and Robert S. Birchard, a gallery of stills, and the original theatrical trailer.

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