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The Rains Came

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Myrna Loy stars in Clarence Brown's sumptuous and exotic romance, based upon the novel by Louis Bromfield. Loy plays Lady Edwina Esketh, the unhappily married wife of Lord Albert Esketh Nigel Bruce, a dumpy middle-aged English businessman. Edwina escapes her loneliness by engaging in ephemeral love affairs. When Lord Albert travels to the Indian province of Ranchipur, Edwina encounters one of her past lovers, Tom Ransome George Brent. Tom wants to renew his acquaintance with Edwina, but she has set her sights on ...
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Overview

Myrna Loy stars in Clarence Brown's sumptuous and exotic romance, based upon the novel by Louis Bromfield. Loy plays Lady Edwina Esketh, the unhappily married wife of Lord Albert Esketh Nigel Bruce, a dumpy middle-aged English businessman. Edwina escapes her loneliness by engaging in ephemeral love affairs. When Lord Albert travels to the Indian province of Ranchipur, Edwina encounters one of her past lovers, Tom Ransome George Brent. Tom wants to renew his acquaintance with Edwina, but she has set her sights on a young Indian doctor, Major Rama Safti Tyrone Power, the court favorite of the reigning maharajah H.B. Warner who may inherit the throne one day. Rama is dedicated to helping the poor and, as Edwina falls deeply in love with him, she begins to notice of the plight of the poverty stricken. When a terrible earthquake decimates Ranchipur, Edwina joins with Rama to help tend to the victims of this tragedy.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by film historians Anthony Slide and Robert Birchard; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Full frame format (Aspect ratio: 1.33:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Devotees of Louis Bromfield's novel that provides the basis for The Rains Came -- even any such devotees there still are -- will be disappointed by the film version of the novel, but they're likely to be the only ones. True, Rains simplifies the book in the most basic way, stripping it of its social context and commentary and leaving little more than the love story and the plot outline. But Rains works like gangbusters on film, precisely because of this treatment. Modern audiences, more accustomed to this sort of tragic romance, will perhaps find it a bit familiar, but they'll be swept up in the story and won over by the struggle of Man against Nature. They may be less won over by the casting of white-only performers in the lead Indian roles, but this was standard practice at the time. As the chief "Indian," Tyrone Power turns in a delicious performance, the kind of movie star turn that the film requires. Even better is the delectable Myrna Loy, back in her old "not-so-good girl" territory and having a blast, while at the same time spreading her special celluloid magic over the whole proceedings. George Brent is so-so, but young Brenda Joyce is vivaciously refreshing and old Nigel Bruce gets a chance to stretch beyond his traditional Doctor Watson persona and does so notably. There's also a nice, characterful turn from Maria Ouspenskaya as the Maharini. Clarence Brown directs with assurance and flair, and he makes the most of the earthquake/flood sequence that is the film's undeniable highlight. This is truly spectacular and impresses even today, in the world of CGI effects. Thrilling and engaging, Rains is dynamite fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • UPC: 024543208181
  • Original Release: 1939
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 32,920

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Myrna Loy Lady Edwina Esketh
Tyrone Power Maj. Rama Safti
George Brent Tom Ransome
Brenda Joyce Fern Simon
Nigel Bruce Albert Lord Esketh
Maria Ouspenskaya Maharani
Joseph Schildkraut Mr. Bannerjee
Mary Nash Miss MacDaid
Jane Darwell Aunt Phoebe Smiley
Marjorie Rambeau Mrs. Simon
Henry Travers Rev. Homer Smiley
H.B. Warner Maharajah
Laura Hope Crews Lily Hoggett-Egbury
William Royle Raschid Ali Khan
Harry Hayden Rev. Elmer Simon
Herbert Evans Bates
Abner Biberman John the Baptist
Mara Alexander Mrs. Bannerjee
William Edmunds Mr. Das
Eddie Abdo Soldier
Guy D'Ennery Mr. Durga
Fern Emmett Hindu Woman
Rosina Galli Nurse
Major Sam Harris Officer
Jamiel Hasson Aide-de-Camp
Leyland Hodgson Doctor
Frank Lackteen Engineer
Connie Leon
Lal Chand Mehra Chant Singer
Rita Page Maid
George Regas Rajput
Pedro Regas Official
C. Montague Shaw Gen. Keith
Technical Credits
Clarence Brown Director
Harry Joe Brown Producer
Alfred Bruzlin Sound/Sound Designer
William S. Darling Art Director
George Dudley Art Director
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Mack Gordon Songwriter
E.H. Hansen Special Effects
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Julien Josephson Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Lal Chand Mehra Songwriter
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Harry Revel Songwriter
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
Darryl F. Zanuck Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Rains Came
1. Main Titles [1:23]
2. Faith in the Queen [5:08]
3. A Proper Tea for Proper People [4:24]
4. Help Me Run Away [4:23]
5. The Opulence of the Empire [:45]
6. The Necessities of Life [4:09]
7. The Pale Copper Apollo [4:27]
8. Getting What She Wanted [2:08]
9. A Prescription for Boredom [3:27]
10. A Woman They Shouldn't Know [1:56]
11. Reasons to Leave [6:59]
12. Beseeching the Gods [5:09]
13. Someone to Count On [1:00]
14. Seeking Support [5:25]
15. Where She Is Needed [9:28]
16. Keeping Him True [4:46]
17. A Fatal Error [4:28]
18. Reasons to Fight [5:37]
19. A Leader for His People [5:12]
20. End Credits [3:16]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Rains Came
   Play
   Language Selection
      Languages: English Mono
      Languages: English Stereo
      Languages: Commentary By Film Historians Anthony Slide and Robert Birchard
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary By Film Historians Anthony Slide and Robert Birchard: On
      Commentary By Film Historians Anthony Slide and Robert Birchard: Off
      Theatrical Trailer
      Studio Classics Trailers
         Alexander's Ragtime Band
         In Old Chicago
         Inn of the Sixth Happiness
         Zorba the Greek
      Still Gallery
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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Spectacular special effects -- interesting and involving story

    This is the first version of Louis Bromfield's book and its very entertaining though pale compared to the book. It has George Brent who is entirely convincing as Ransome and Myrna Loy in a part totally different than her MGM roles. Tyrone Power looks uncomfortable but it's a 20th picture so he's in it. The special effects are convincing and, like San Francisco, way ahead of their time. This was remade in Cinemascope and color as the Rains of Ranchiput which is also very entertaining but not as well cast (it follows the book more closely but not much). Some good but at times sloppy special effects. Best of all--read the book (from the library) which is heads and tails better than either of these movies. It's easy to see why it was a bestseller.

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