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The Rains of Ranchipur -- Under the invitation of the Maharani, a British couple travel to India, where the bored housewife proceeds to fall into a torrid affair complicated by a series of disasters by Mother Nature.


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14 December 1955 (USA) See more »
Theirs was the great sin that even the great rains could not wash away!
Despite marital problems, English Lord Albert Esketh and his rich American socialite wife Lady Edwina Esketh travel to India to buy a prize horse from the ruler of Ranchipur. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lana Turner ... Lady Edwina Esketh

Richard Burton ... Dr. Major Rama Safti

Fred MacMurray ... Thomas "Tom" Ransome
Joan Caulfield ... Fern Simon

Michael Rennie ... Lord Albert Esketh
Eugenie Leontovich ... Maharani
Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Simon
Madge Kennedy ... Mrs. Smiley
Carlo Rizzo ... Mr. Adoani
Beatrice Kraft ... Oriental Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rama Bai ... Lachmaania (uncredited)

John Banner ... Rashid Ali Khan (uncredited)
Jugat Bhatia ... Headhunter (uncredited)
George Brand ... Mr. Simon (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Adoani (uncredited)
King Calder ... Mr. Smiley (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Sundar (uncredited)
Naji Gabbay ... Wagonlit Porter (uncredited)
Ivis Goulding ... Louise (uncredited)
Bhupesh Guha ... Musician (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Yalhiraji Iyengar ... Musician (uncredited)
Kan Thi Iyenger ... Singer (uncredited)
Phyllis Johannes ... Nurse Gupta (uncredited)
Lou Krugman ... Courier (uncredited)
Pasupah Murkerjee ... Musician (uncredited)
Elizabeth Prudhomme ... Nurse Patel (uncredited)
Ramchandra ... Sattar (uncredited)
Bhogwan Singh ... Major Domo (uncredited)
Aly Wassil ... Courier (uncredited)
Trude Wyler ... Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Negulesco 
Writing credits
Louis Bromfield (novel "The Rains Came")

Merle Miller 

Produced by
Frank Ross .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner  (as Milton Krasner)
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
Art Direction by
Addison Hehr 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Production Management
Stanley Goldsmith .... unit manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
Guy Luongo .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Sami Ahmed .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Qadeer Ghouri .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ali Mohd Khan .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Ray Bomba .... sound editor (uncredited)
Kenneth Honnold .... sound editor (uncredited)
Dick Jensen .... sound editor (uncredited)
A.M. Hussain Razvi .... sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Cliff Shirpser .... first assistant camera: effects unit (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Martha Crawford .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Garvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Sally Lorraine .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Erwin Neal .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Wilcox .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles G. Clarke .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Walter Fitchman .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Til Gabani .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Alfred Lebovitz .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
Hussain Manzur .... still photographer (uncredited)
Scotty McEwin .... camera assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Larry Prather .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... additional grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Abdul Haq Rana .... casting assistant: Lahore Pakistan
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Helen Rose .... gowns: Miss Turner
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Mervyn Longman .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Terence Marsh .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Louisa Pinhio .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice DePackh)
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephen Papich .... choreographer
Rafiq Ahmed .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Nature's Haven (uncredited)
Daulat Masuda .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Eva Monley .... script clerk: second unit (uncredited)
Eva Monley .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Vic Price .... auditor (uncredited)
Louis Roussi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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104 min
Color (DeLuxe) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
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The film has been condemned as racist for casting a white actor as an Indian.See more »
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It Pours in Ranchipur, 13 June 2013
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

In rainy Ranchipur, India, promiscuous blonde Lana Turner (as Edwina) seduces inexperienced Hindu doctor Richard Burton (as Rama Safti). Meanwhile, heavy-drinking Fred MacMurray (as Tom Ransome) tries to fend off flirty blonde Joan Caulfield (as Fern Simon). As you might expect, Ms. Turner is decked out in expensive clothing and smokes more than her usual share of cigarettes. Looking likewise with extra brown make-up, Mr. Burton is earnest but apt to provoke unintentional laughter. Too lazy to steal the film by acting even moderately drunk, Mr. MacMurray is merely coasting until Disney rescues his career. With a teen-aged pony-tail and lilting voice, Ms. Caulfield found her feature film career effectively ended. In this crowd, fifth-billed Michael Rennie (as Albert Esketh) shines by just standing around. There is a special effects disaster in the last half-hour, and Turner has some good scenes - but you have to wait over an hour to something to happen.

**** The Rains of Ranchipur (12/14/55) Jean Negulesco ~ Lana Turner, Richard Burton, Fred MacMurray, Joan Caulfield

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