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The Rains Came (1939)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 15 September 1939 (USA)
Living in India with her crude husband, a British aristocrat is reunited with an old flame at a party, though she truly has her sights set on a handsome doctor.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Philip Dunne (screen play), Julien Josephson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
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Storyline

The adventurous Lady Edwina Esketh travels to the princely state of Ranchipur in India with her husband, Lord Albert Esketh, who is there to purchase some of the Maharajah's horses. She's surprised to meet an old friend, Tom Ransome who came to Ranchipur seven years before to paint the Maharajah's portrait and just stayed on. Ransome has developed something of a reputation - for womanizing and drinking too much - but that's OK with Edwina who is bored and looking for fun. She soon meets the local doctor, the hard working and serious Major Rama Safti. He doesn't immediately respond to her advances but when the seasonal rains come, disaster strikes when a dam fails, flooding much of the countryside. Disease soon sets in and everyone, including Ransome and Edwina, work at a non-stop pace to save as many as possible. Safti deeply admires Edwina's sacrifice but fate intervenes. Written by garykmcd

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rains Came See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During filming in 1939, Myrna Loy had a narrow escape when her horse bolted while shooting a scene; she was nearly killed. See more »

Goofs

In the hospital scene toward the end, Fern is in Lady Esketh's room when Tom arrives. He enters and stands next to Fern, clearly empty-handed. Lady Esketh asks Fern to leave and then we see a close-up of her in her bed as she talks to Tom. When the film cuts to a shot of Tom he's standing with a large envelope or file folder in his hand, tapping on it with a finger. He then leaves the room with the folder in his hands. See more »

Quotes

Lady Edwina Esketh: What would you prescribe for a patient about to die of galloping boredom?
Major Rama Safti: Well, I imagine that the Maharani will see to it that you're properly entertained.
Lady Edwina Esketh: How?
Major Rama Safti: Well, the usual routine with guests, I believe, is to show them first the waterworks, then, in order, the narrow gauge railway, the hospital, the zoo, and the asylum for the insane.
Lady Edwina Esketh: [slight sarcasm] How exciting.
Major Rama Safti: Yes, isn't it?
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Crazy Credits

Each set of credits (except for the 20th Century-Fox logo) disintegrates after it appears, as if it were washed away by the rain falling in the background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pilgrim Porky (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No.14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight)
(1802) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on piano by an unidentified boy in Mr. Das' music school
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Not Kipling's India but more realistic and even more romantic.
7 January 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is one of the best films of India I have seen, for its realism, its fantastic story, its characters and their fates and the overwhelming disaster sequences. All major problems that could occur in India of some overwhelming nature happen in this film, the earthquake, the floods, the epidemics, but the characters that meet their destiny in these fatalities are all well fit and up to it, George Brent leading in one of his best roles as a local veteran with experience and some reputation as a rogue, Myrna Loy in an unusually sensitive and complicated role for her comedy career, and Tyrone Power as an Indian doctor. It's actually his film. He doesn't come across to the centre of the stage until towards the end, but then he proves himself also with an advanced and inusual sensitivity under the strain of great national crisis. Maria Ouspenskaya is also glorious as the begum and totally convincing as such, while at the same time she plays poker and smokes cigarettes with a mouthpiece - her character is actually the most picturesque, while she also has the right backbone to lead her country out of the crisis. It's a great film on a great story, and everyone involved has a maximum of credit for it.


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