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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...

Reviews

clanciai on 7 January 2018
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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