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Philip Dunne (screen play) and
Julien Josephson (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
15 September 1939 (USA) See more »
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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Won Oscar. Another 5 nominations See more »
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Great spectacle, weak drama See more (28 total) »


  (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)
Sonia Charsky ... 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)
Crew verified as complete

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103 min | 105 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #5320) | USA:TV-G (tv rating)

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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Maharani:What is Lady Esketh doing at the hospital?
Thomas 'Tom' Ransome:Every conceivable filthy and drudging task.
Maharani:Yes, I suppose Miss MacDaid would have seen to that.
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Great spectacle, weak drama, 19 January 2009
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

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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