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An English lord's wife falls in love with a Hindu doctor amid disaster in fictional Ranchipur.

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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

Special Features

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

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
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AP04M4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rains Came" on IMDb

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By Fernando Silva on 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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"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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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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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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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. Although this is a fictional state, its culture, clothes, and language are Indian. The plot centers around the romance of a married woman, Lady Edwina Esketh and a dedicated doctor, Major Rama Safti. This relationship is troublesome not only because Lady Esketh is married, but also because this isn't her first extra-marital affairs. However, what started for Lady Esketh as another adventure turns into real love. An earthquake, the destruction of a dam, and the flooding of Ranchipur follows and Lady Esketh's love shifts toward redemption. I will leave to the viewer Lady Esketh's fate.

Another romance takes place between John Ransome, popularly known as a womanizer and alcoholic, and a young American girl, Fern, daughter of American Christian missionaries who wants to abandon their superficial lifestyle and know the world. Ransome, who early in the film shows a cynical attitude toward life decides to be of use to the government of Ranchipur, and also begins a serious relationship with Fern. The disaster also has a redemptive effect on Ransome. By the way, Ransome is a likable character, lost in this country because he has stopped believing in anything, and then, changing to a person who has commitment.  

I recommend this film, not only because of the stories of love and redemption, but also because of the serious dialogue - Ransome's speech on Queen Victoria had a literary style -, the acting was good, and the special effects of the earthquake, the breaking of the dam, and the flooding of Ranchipur were quite impressive for 1939. I'm still wondering how they did it then. In sum, this is the kind of film that I enjoy watching several times.       
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