The Rains Came
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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.Read more ›
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!!
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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What a terrific movie from the era when stars really shined and actors took their craft seriously. This is a compelling, wonderfully told story with an extraordinary cast and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter Lombard
nice delivery but hated the movie. caant staand myrna loy and i couldnt wait for tyrone power to take off that turban. wonderful special effectsPublished 5 months ago by rick dumesnil
Very romantic film so glad I own it. Tyrone powers is wonderful with Myrna loy. Terrific special effects for the 1930s before computer generated movies. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carol J.
One of my favorite movies of all time. What is essentially . . . a disaster movie . . . has a great love story, exotic setting and a wonderful cast. Myrna Loy is fantastic.Published 5 months ago by bill clark
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