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The Rains Came (1939)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 15 September 1939 (USA)
In India, a married British aristocrat is reunited with an old flame, but she truly has her sights set on a handsome surgeon.


Clarence Brown


Philip Dunne (screen play), Julien Josephson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »




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)


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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According to Arthur C. Miller--the cinematographer who replaced Bert Glennon--the real reason that Glennon left the production was not for the stated reason of illness but because director Clarence Brown (I) was not happy with his work, believing it was "not brilliant enough". According to Miller, Brown "wanted the whole thing to shine. And Glennon made it shadowy and soft"). Glennon walked off the production and Miller stepped in. Miller also repeats this version of events in his own autobiography, "One Reel a Week". See more »


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 »


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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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 »


Version of The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) See more »


The Rains Came
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Written for the movie and possibly played instrumentally
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amazing special effects, okay story
26 March 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This movie has, for its time, amazing special effects for the flood scene. To let you know HOW amazing the effects were, in this category, THE RAINS CAME beat out GONE WITH THE WIND and its amazing burning of Atlanta! It was THAT good and worth seeing just for this segment. As for the rest of the story, it's okay--not great. It reminds me a lot of the movie JEZEBEL--completed just a year earlier. Both feature a female lead who is spoiled but who eventually prove themselves and both end up with similar fates. George Brent is excellent though it's odd to see Tyrone Power in the role of an Indian--with no trace of an Indian accent! Mr. Power does NOT do a whole lot to impress the audience with his acting range, but he looks nice in a suit. All in all, the story seems a tad familiar and pretty ordinary, but certainly not bad.

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Release Date:

15 September 1939 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$2,600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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