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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:
American Perspective 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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Trivia:
Tyrone Power won the first "Harvard Lampoon" Worst Actor Award for his performance.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Major Rama Safti:The world's not as bad as you think, Tom.
Thomas 'Tom' Ransome:No? Only trying to commit suicide as fast as it knows how.
Major Rama Safti:I don't agree with you. Here in Ranchipur we're trying to make it a little better.
Thomas 'Tom' Ransome:The whole world?
Major Rama Safti:OUR world - India in general, Ranchipur in particular.
Thomas 'Tom' Ransome:I rather like the old place, just as it is.
Major Rama Safti:You see it as an artist. I see it as an Indian. My people are crying for help. After centuries of disease and poverty and superstition.
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
American Perspective, 6 March 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of the unique things about this film is that for once a British Raj story is told not from a British point of view. It should never be forgotten that John Bromfield was an American. You would never see a character like Nigel Bruce in any British screenplay about the Raj. Of all the supporting players, he comes off best in what has to be the most unusual part in his career. For those used to seeing him as the ineffectual Dr. Watson in those Sherlock Holmes movies, playing the bigoted Lord Esketh is quite a switch.

Not until A Passage to India was filmed in the 80s was the Raj ever shown in a less than perfect light.

Ty Power is his usual noble self, the rest of the cast plays well. Twentieth Century Fox borrowed two big names from other studios, Myrna Loy from MGM and George Brent from Warner Brothers to support Power. Loy is Lady Esketh, a woman of the world, left pretty much to her own devices by her husband, decides Power would be a perfect boy toy for her. The part is a throwback to Loy's earlier days of playing mostly bad girls before The Thin Man.

Brent has a very nice role her as a man who's living a dissolute life himself in India, but really steps to the plate during the time of crisis when the flooding starts.

H.B. Warner and Maria Ouspenskaya play the rulers of Ranchipur, you will not forget Ouspenskaya easily. Nor will you forget first the cultured, than the wailing Joseph Schildkraut as Bannerjee. Today no producer could ever get away with casting all these occidental types as Indians, but they all do a fine job.

In the year of Gone With The Wind and all the Oscars it won, the one for Special Effects went to The Rains Came, beating out Gone With The Wind's burning of Atlanta. Judge for yourself if the Academy voters were right.

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