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14 December 1955 (USA) See more »
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Theirs was the great sin that even the great rains could not wash away!
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Rich American socialite Lady Edwina Esketh, who obtained her title by marrying English Lord Albert Esketh... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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"Soph! Those are the Rains of Raunch-I-Poor!!" See more (19 total) »

Cast

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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)
Ram Singh ... Major Domo (uncredited)
Aly Wassil ... Courier (uncredited)
Trude Wyler ... Guest (uncredited)
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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
Travilla 
 
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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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104 min
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4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
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Referenced on the Bette Midler 1985 comedy album, "Mud Will Be Flung Tonight!"See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
"Soph! Those are the Rains of Raunch-I-Poor!!", 26 May 2003
Author: Greg Couture from Portland, Oregon

Oh, dear! One of my favorite mid-Fifties Twentieth-Century Fox CinemaScopuses was nearly ruined for me a few years back when Bette Midler released her comedy album, "Mud WILL Be Flung, Tonight!" in which she does an elaborate routine in her character as "Soph" in bed with her boyfriend, "Ernie" who excuses himself to use the loo. When she hears certain sounds emanating from the bathroom, upon his return to the boudoir she demands: "Ernie, what the hell was that?!?" and he advises: "Soph, those were the Rains of Raunch-I-Poor!!" The routine goes on to appropriate a few other famous movie titles like "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," "The Winds of Krakatoa" (i.e., "Krakatoa, East of Java")...well, you get the idea, I would guess!

Anyway, Ms. Midler, no respecter of popular culture when it comes to her usually successful attempts at camp humor in her standup comedy routines, probably enjoyed this elaborate remake as much as I did, if she's ever seen it. 20th-Century Fox assembled a nicely balanced cast and assigned some top-flight professionals to give the whole thing the kind of gloss that's pretty much a thing of the past now. Of special note are the Academy Award-nominated special effects, rather convincing when I saw this on a big CinemaScope screen; some very nice use of DeLuxe Color (everyone looks handsome indeed, especially Miss Turner); and Hugo Friedhofer's tasteful score. (He was a composer who always successfully resisted producers' attempts to add music to an excessively gloppy extent and he was often astute in adding an exotic touch, where appropriate, with just a few bars of orchestration.) By the way I don't think, contrary to another comment here, that the production sent a second unit to Pakistan or anywhere outside of California. I might be wrong, since the opening sequence with Lord and Lady Esketh arriving by train into a bustling Indian metropolis is a terrific example of Hollywood fakery if it's not the real thing. There's one brief shot, however, where a limousine is seen turning into the supposed gates of the Maharani's compound and it is unmistakably the West Gate of Bel-Air, one of West Los Angeles' poshest subdivisions.

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