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The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 14 December 1955 (USA)
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.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Louis Bromfield (novel), Merle Miller (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Lady Edwina Esketh
Richard Burton ... Dr. Major Rama Safti
Fred MacMurray ... Tom Ransome
Joan Caulfield ... Fern Simon
Michael Rennie ... Lord Albert Esketh
Eugenie Leontovich ... Maharani
Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Simon
Madge Kennedy ... Mrs. Smiley
Carlo Rizzo Carlo Rizzo ... Mr. Adoani
Beatrice Kraft Beatrice Kraft ... Oriental Dancer
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Storyline

Rich American socialite Lady Edwina Esketh, who obtained her title by marrying English Lord Albert Esketh, travels to Ranchipur where Albert hopes to buy a prize stallion from the Maharani. Theirs is not a happy marriage and after she meets a prominent local doctor, Rama Safti, falls madly in love with him. He too is in love with her much to the Maharani's disapproval as she has great plans for the good doctor. Also living in Ranchipur is Tom Ransome an old friend of Edwina's who perhaps knows too much about her past. When a natural disaster destroys much of Ranchipur, disease follows forcing Safti to choose between treating the sick or being with Edwina, who is also deathly ill. Written by garykmcd

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INDIA...never more exotic, mysterious! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rains Came See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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The main theme of the soundtrack was lifted from Glazunov's Violin Concerto in A minor. See more »

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Lana Turner, Richard Burton and great special effects
1 August 2003 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

This wide-screen romance yarn showcases the lovely Lana Turner as a wealthy and restless socialite who becomes smitten with a handsome native doctor during a trip to India. This is the main thread of the film although there are other sub-plots at work here. Richard Burton is good as the object of Turner's affections and Eugenie Leontovich is regal as the Maharani who raised Burton from childhood. This sage queen watches the blossoming romance with cold displeasure, deeply jealous of Turner's hold on him. Fred MacMurray is involved in another clincher with Joan Caulfield that doesn't ring true and adds very little to the main story. Michael Rennie has a thankless role as Turner's husband, whom she keeps at arms's length throughout the movie. The ensuing monsoons, flooding and earthquake in the region are awesome and terrible in their destruction, the special effects of which are very good. Turner is clothed in a first-class wardrobe and the film's sets reflect the lavish production. Milton Krasner's camera and Hugo Friedhofer's exotic music score are first-rate.


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