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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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Theirs was the great sin that even the great rains could not wash away! See more »


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The film was originally to be shot on location in both India and Pakistan but India refused to grant a filming permit and the picture was shot on location in Pakistan only. Principal players never left Hollywood. Doubles filled in for them in the long shots and whatever other scenes they were needed that were filmed in Pakistan. See more »

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Featured in Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (2000) See more »

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It Pours in Ranchipur
13 June 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In rainy Ranchipur, India, promiscuous blonde Lana Turner (as Edwina) seduces inexperienced Hindu doctor Richard Burton (as Rama Safti). Meanwhile, heavy-drinking Fred MacMurray (as Tom Ransome) tries to fend off flirty blonde Joan Caulfield (as Fern Simon). As you might expect, Ms. Turner is decked out in expensive clothing and smokes more than her usual share of cigarettes. Looking likewise with extra brown make-up, Mr. Burton is earnest but apt to provoke unintentional laughter. Too lazy to steal the film by acting even moderately drunk, Mr. MacMurray is merely coasting until Disney rescues his career. With a teen-aged pony-tail and lilting voice, Ms. Caulfield found her feature film career effectively ended. In this crowd, fifth-billed Michael Rennie (as Albert Esketh) shines by just standing around. There is a special effects disaster in the last half-hour, and Turner has some good scenes - but you have to wait over an hour to something to happen.

**** The Rains of Ranchipur (12/14/55) Jean Negulesco ~ Lana Turner, Richard Burton, Fred MacMurray, Joan Caulfield


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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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