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The Rains Came

The Rains Came
Movie: The Rains Came(1939)[tt0031835] 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 bygarykmcd
Title The Rains Came
Release Date 15 September 1939 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Adventure, Drama, Romance
Production Companies Twentieth Century Fox
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy...
Lady Edwina Esketh...
Tyrone Power
Tyrone Power...
Major Rama Safti...
George Brent
George Brent...
Tom Ransome...
Brenda Joyce
Brenda Joyce...
Fern Simon...
Nigel Bruce
Nigel Bruce...
Lord Albert Esketh...
Maria Ouspenskaya
Maria Ouspenskaya...
Maharani...
Joseph Schildkraut
Joseph Schildkraut...
Mr. Bannerjee...
Mary Nash
Mary Nash...
Miss Mac Daid...
Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell...
Aunt Phoebe - Mrs. Smiley...
Marjorie Rambeau
Marjorie Rambeau...
Mrs. Simon...
Henry Travers
Henry Travers...
Rev. Homer Smiley...
H.B. Warner
H.B. Warner...
Maharajah...
Laura Hope Crews
Laura Hope Crews...
Lily Hoggett-Egburry...
William Royle
William Royle...
Raschid Ali Khan...
C. Montague Shaw
C. Montague Shaw...
General Keith (a...

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dougandwin on 22 February 2006
Made the year of the really great movies of the Golden Years of Hollywood, "The Rains Came" was a quite remarkable achievement in 1939 - the photography and Special Effects (Flood and Earthquake) were extremely well done, and stand up quite well today. It was made in an era where Stars were the keys to a movie's success, and Fox brought together some big names for this Blockbuster. Heading the Cast is Tyrone Power as Major Safti, and he is perfect for the role, while Myrna Loy as Lady Esketh is well cast. George Brent had his best role ever, and the supporting cast included such gems as Maria Ouspenskaya, Nigel Bruce, Jane Darwell, Henry Travers and Joseph Shildkraut and believe me , these people do so much in adding to the quality of this film. The difference between Indian and Western cultures during the period of the Raj was well captured, and altogether moves along at a good pace, and makes for excellent entertainment.

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