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The Rains Came (1939)

Myrna Loy , Tyrone Power , Clarence Brown  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power, George Brent, Brenda Joyce, Nigel Bruce
  • Directors: Clarence Brown
  • Writers: Julien Josephson, Louis Bromfield, Philip Dunne
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck, Harry Joe Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AP04M4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rains Came" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by film historians Anthony Slide and Robert Birchard
  • Still gallery
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

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A trio of great performances and Academy Award-winning special effects recommend this saga of sin, scandal, and redemption based on Louis Bromfield's novel. George Brent stars as Tom Ransome, the reputation-tarnished son of an English earl who has found refuge from the world's ills in Ranchupur, India. Myrna Loy, cast against type, costars as his former lover, now the Lady Edwina Esketh, whose elderly husband (Nigel "Dr. Watson" Bruce) is more interested in the Maharaja's horses and money than her. "Dying of galloping boredom," she sets her sights on Major Rama Safti (Tyrone Power), a dedicated and selfless doctor, but nature calls with a devastating earthquake and flood that will open her jaded eyes. Drenched with atmosphere, The Rains Came further benefits from such venerable character actors as Maria Ouspenskaya (The Wolf Man) as the Maharani, Jane Darwell (The Grapes of Wrath) as Tom's missionary aunt, and Henry Travers (Clarence in It's a Wonderful Life) as his uncle. The Rains Came was released in 1939, considered by some to be the movies' best-ever year. While it is not in the same class as Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, or Stagecoach, this is a stellar example of old-school Hollywood. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

In the town of Ranchipur, four people find their lives become entwined by unexpected feelings and events they cannot control. Tom Ransome (George Brent), son of an English earl, is living a painter's life. He is pursed by Brenda Joyce, a flirtatious young English girl who adores him. Lady Esketh (Myrna Loy) is a beautiful bored sophisticated and Tom's former girlfriend. And Major Rama (Tyrone Power) is the dedicated Hindu surgeon who captures her heart. When a catastrophic earthquake and flood bring disaster to India, all their lives are forever transformed by the striking clash between good and evil, duty and forbidden love.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Spectacle January 25, 2003
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Grandiose, lavish, entertaining, beautifully filmed, blockbuster, exotic-adventure movie, set in Ranchipur, India, based upon Louis Bromfield's novel, directed by MGM's first class director, Clarence Brown, on loan out to 20th Century Fox, with a great cast: dashing, young, heartthrob Tyrone Power (Major Rama Safti), in the role of an Indian doctor, who falls for aristocratic Englishwoman-with-a-tempestuous-past, Myrna Loy (Lady Edwina Esketh), who's married to an arrogant, unpleasant and unbearable Nigel Bruce (Lord Esketh). On the other hand, in Ranchipur lives a man with whom Loy, when very young, had an affair: aristocratic English man-of-the-world (with a very bad reputation), George Brent (Tom Ransome), who at the same time is being pursued by pretty, willful, 18 year old Brenda Joyce (Fern Simon), an American girl who lives in a Mission and wants to get out of her parents' home, whose social climbing and very snob mother, Marjorie Rambeau (Mrs. Simon) encourages the affair, because she longs to "rub shoulders" with the upper classes.
Others in this noteworthy long cast: Maria Ouspensakaya, who is stunningly great as the Maharani, H.B. Warner, as his husband the Maharajah, Ranchipur's Ruler, Joseph Schildkraut, as an "occidentalized" Indian, Mr. Bannerjee, Jane Darwell (who the same year acted in GWTW), as "Aunt" Phoebe Smiley, a down-to-earth American woman who lives in the Mission, Henry Travers (the future "angel" of Capra's 1946 "It's a Wonderful Life") as her husband Mr.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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"The Rains Came" really is a stupendous effort by Twentieth Century Fox and is a film to be proud of as far as sets, design, writing, effects,, and costumning are concerned. It has always been one of my favourite Tyrone Power films and it contains the one and only screen collaboration of Tyrone Power and Myrna Loy.
I think in every department the film is stunning. The entire Indian city built on the Fox back lot (no [bad] computer generated special effects here!!!) is amazing and the stunning effects of the earthquake and flood quite rightly won the 1939 Academy Award for best special effects (no mean effort that year considering the number of classic turned out that year!!)
The performances are also of great interest. Unlike past reviewers I think they are excellent. Myrna Loy putting aside her perfect wife persona gives a great performance as the spoilt socialite bored with life in general who falls head over heels for tyrone Power's Indian doctor. Nigel Bruce as Myrna's husband is the real surprise of the film performing totally against type as a character who is arrogant, selfish and down right vicious who in the end gets his just desserts. George Brent normally so stiff on screen also delivers a strong heart felt performance which shows what he was capable of given good direction and a good story to work with. Finally there has been much talk of Tyrone Power playing an Indian doctor in the story. Frankly I think he is perfect in the role and not only looks stunning but is spot on in his characterisation of the young dedicated doctor torn between his duty and his growing love for Loy.
A grand time is assured watching this great classic and I find I get something new from it with each screening. It's a great example of what Hollwood was capable of at its peek, enjoy!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A romantic triumph May 26, 2000
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The Rains Came is a romance set in Ranchipur during monsoon season. Myrna Loy is the former lover of George Brent. She falls in love with Tyrone Power who plays an Indian doctor. Myrna Loy is superb. Her performance as a vamp trying to mend her ways is one of her best. George Brent is not the stiff board he is in other movies. He's quite good. Tyrone Power is simply breathtaking. The man is beautiful to look at. The special effects are marevlous. The story is interesting, and it maintains your interest. It's a triumph!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-done on every level. April 12, 1999
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A complex love story periled against the wrath of Mother Nature makes this one of the better films I've seen. The earthquake and dam-busting scenes are superb and frighteningly realistic, echoing images of disaster from another film of similar ideas, "The Hurricane" (1937) (read my review of that as well). The cast is great but some of the dialogue sounds totally devoid of any creativity or could even be humanly natural. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards and winning the Oscar for Best Special Effects. A must for disaster, love story, Myrna Loy, and Tyrone Power fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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In the same high-watermark year that saw the burning of Atlanta in Gone with the Wind and Dorothy's house spinning perilously in a tornado in The Wizard of Oz, this little-seen 1939 romantic melodrama won the first Oscar ever awarded to a film for Best Special Effects. Seventy years later, the earthquake-to-flood sequence still holds up impressively, even in the age of CGI programming with a surprisingly seamless combination of models, mattes and huge dump tanks. The artistry of Fox effects whiz Fred Sersen's work is worth slogging through the first fifty minutes of archaic set-up. Directed by MGM veteran Clarence Brown (The Yearling), the story would appear to have the makings of a romantic triangle given the three leads, but it actually consists of two contrasting love stories.

Set in colonial India at its most exotic (although filmed entirely on the studio back lot), one thread centers on Tom Ransome, an aging, alcoholic British playboy pursued by Fern Simon, the love-struck daughter of local missionaries. The other is the forbidden romance that develops between Lady Edwina Esketh, the adulterous British wife of a pompous horse breeder and Major Rama Safti, a Hindu doctor devoted to his homeland. The calamitous disaster obviously veers all four off course as they find themselves re-evaluating their feelings for one another until fate steps in and decides for them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This was purchased as a gift, but I remember ...
This was purchased as a gift, but I remember the film well. Engaging story. A must for Tyrone Power fan.
Published 27 days ago by Robyn T. Crimmin
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Disaster film
While many prefer the newer and color version of this story, this early film had a special cache. The maharani and George Brent steal this film, relegating the romantic liaison... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great casting, exotic 1939 India film setting, Academy award for...
1939 film set in exotic pre-WWII India. Casting is great: Myrna Loy, George Brent, & Tyrone Power. It won an academy award for special effects. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Shipment arrived in great condition and very fast. Pleased with my order and the prompt respond from the seller.

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Published 10 months ago by Madalina Z Popescu
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Movie
great story line, love the old movies, the more the better. They don't make movies like this anymore, too bad.
Published 13 months ago by karen
2.0 out of 5 stars KINDA BORING
GOOD QUALITY - BORING STORY. i NORMALLY LIKE OLD MOVIES - AND THIS ONE WAS OK - JUST THE STORY LINE IS NOT THAT GOOD.
Published 13 months ago by Debra5656
4.0 out of 5 stars A Movie with Great Feeling
I enjoyed this film. It is in black and white. The story centers around American and British colonials living in an imaginary state of Ranchipur. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Elvin Ortiz
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD other zone than EUROPE
I was very disappointed not to be able to watch this DVD. I have no DVD player for zone 1!
Published 18 months ago by Anne-marie Raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rains Came
Great performance by all cast. Storyline rich in historical fact interwoven with a great love story that brings out the selfless, admiral side to human nature
Published 18 months ago by Marilyn Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great B&W film
I read the book many years ago and saw this film also many years ago. Found it on Amazon and decided to order it and see it again. Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by JJ
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