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The Rains Came (1939)

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 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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Philip Dunne, Julien Josephson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 1, 2005
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Myrna Loy
as Lady Edwina Esketh
Tyrone Power
as Maj. Rama Safti
George Brent
as Tom Ransome
Brenda Joyce
as Fern Simon
Nigel Bruce
as Albert Lord Esketh
Joseph Schildkraut
as Mr. Bannerjee
Mary Nash
as Miss MacDaid
Jane Darwell
as Aunt Phoebe Smiley
Marjorie Rambeau
as Mrs. Simon
Henry Travers
as Rev. Homer Smiley
H.B. Warner
as Maharajah
Laura Hope Crewes
as Lily Hoggett-Egbury
William Royle
as Raschid Ali Khan
C. Montague Shaw
as Gen. Keith
Harry Hayden
as Rev. Elmer Simon
Abner Biberman
as John the Baptist
Mara Alexander
as Mrs. Bannerjee
Sam Harris
as Officer
Pedro Regas
as Official
Eddie Abdo
as Soldier
Fern Emmett
as Hindu Woman
Guy D'Ennery
as Mr. Durga
Jamiel Hasson
as Aide-de-Camp
Lal Chand Mehra
as Chant Singer
Sam Harris
as Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Rains Came

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Tyrone Power is miscast, but by standards of the time, this was a prestige, lavish production, winning an Oscar for Special Effects (spectacular flood).

Full Review… | July 11, 2011

I could listen to the legendary Maria Ouspenskaya talk while dangling a cigarette on a long holder without ever tiring of her magical charm.

Full Review… | February 28, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Spectacular, entertaining Hollywood craftsmanship.

August 29, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Rains Came

Have to give this one 5 stars as its an excellent B&W movie, about life in India. Myma Loy plays Lady Edwina Esketh who is married to Nigel Bruce (Watson Sherlock Holmes) who playes her husband and is very mean. Meanwhile George Brent plays Tom Ransome who is Lady Esketh old flame. Also in this movie Maria Ouspenskaya is The India Prime Minister she was in Tarzan and Wolf man. So there are so many good actors in this movie and the sum all adds up to one excellent movie, 5 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


High gloss drama with, for the time, first class special effects. Myrna somewhat surprisingly plays a selfish slut, a high class slut but a slut nonetheless, at least in the beginning redeemed by love and hardship. Tyrone Power although not at all believable as an Indian is capable and sincere. Even the customarily stolid George Brent after some initial stiffness is better and more relaxed than usual. Excellent production values and a first rate supporting cast make this an entertaining winner.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Typically classic hollywood, not bad though.

Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer

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