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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
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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
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The film's special effects budget was raised from $260,000 to $400,000. Its overall budget was increased from $3,500,000 to $4,500,000.See more »
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Welshman in a Turban, 12 October 2012
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

Lord Esketh, a British aristocrat, and his glamorous American wife, Edwina, are touring India and staying in the city of Ranchipur, where they are guests of the local Maharani. (The action is supposed to be set in India, even though we see a prominently displayed Pakistani flag in an early scene). Their marriage is an unhappy one and each despises the other. Edwina despises her husband because she sees him as weak and cowardly and because he only married her for her money. (She is an independently wealthy heiress). He despises her because he sees her as cold and heartless; we learn that she has been unfaithful to him with a number of different men. While in Ranchipur Edwina meets and has an affair with a young suntanned Welshman in a turban.

Well, actually Richard Burton's character is supposed to be an Indian, Dr Safti, a physician and the adopted son of the Maharani. Today, the idea of a white actor in "brownface" playing an Indian would strike most people as politically incorrect, but was an accepted practice in the fifties, and at least Burton's performance is a lot less insensitive than that given by Peter Sellers in "The Millionairess" from a few years later. (Sellers was also playing an Indian doctor). Watching the film, I wondered if the use of the Christian name "Edwina" was a veiled reference to Edwina Mountbatten, another independently wealthy heiress, married to a British aristocrat, who visited India and was rumoured to have had an affair with an Indian man, in her case the politician Jawaharlal Nehru. I understand, however, that "The Rains of Ranchipur" is a remake of "The Rains Came" from 1939 (which I have never seen), and that the character had the same name both in this film and in the 1937 novel on which it was based. As the Mountbattens did not come to India until 1947, the coincidence was presumably unintentional.

The Edwina-Safti romance is the mainspring of the plot, but for all Edwina's good looks she is so obviously spoilt, selfish and promiscuous that it is difficult to imagine any man, let alone one as intelligent and idealistic as Dr Safti, falling hopelessly in love with her. There is a subplot involving another romance between Tom Ransome, an alcoholic former lover of Edwina and close friend of Safti, and Fern, the daughter of a local missionary, but this arouses little interest.

The acting is generally undistinguished. Burton, as though embarrassed by having been cast in a role to which he was ill-suited, is horribly stilted and wooden, giving by far his worst performance in any film of his which I have seen. The Russian-born Eugenie Leontovich as the Maharani is no more convincing as an Indian than is Burton. Lana Turner as Edwina and Fred MacMurray as Tom were both capable of much better things than this. Probably the best is Joan Caulfield as Fern. The intention seems to have been to contrast Fern's youth and innocence with the cynicism and corruption of the experienced older woman Edwina, so it is perhaps surprising that Caulfield, who at 33 was only a year younger than Turner, was cast in the role, but she is fresh and youthful-looking enough to succeed in making the contrast an effective one.

The best thing about the film is its special effects. Although "The Rains of Ranchipur" is not a "disaster movie" in the sense that the film-makers of the seventies would have understood the term, an earthquake and the subsequent flood after the earthquake destroys a dam play important roles in the story. These scenes are very well done, are still convincingly impressive even in the era of CGI and the main reason why I have given the film an average mark. Unfortunately, there is little else to make the film worth watching today. Special effects apart, it is the sort of dull, turgid and implausible melodrama which typified Hollywood at its worst during the fifties. 5/10

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