The Rains Came (1939)





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Myrna Loy stars as Edwina Esketh, a married English socialite whose lackluster marriage to a businessman (Nigel Bruce) leaves her looking for romance and excitement in affair after affair. After following her husband to India, Edwina falls for young doctor Rama Sufti (Tyrone Power).
Classics , Drama , Romance
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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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
Adele Labanset
as Princess
Sonie Charsaky
as Princess
Rita Page
as Maid
Connie Leon
as Nurse
Pedro Regas
as Official
Frank Lackteen
as Engineer
George Regas
as Rajput
Eddie Abdo
as Soldier
Fern Emmett
as Hindu Woman
Guy D'Ennery
as Mr. Durga
Sam Harris
as Officer
Jamiel Hasson
as Aide-de-Camp
Lal Chand Mehra
as Chant Singer
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Critic Reviews for The Rains Came

All Critics (3)

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 27, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Spectacular, entertaining Hollywood craftsmanship.

August 29, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Rains Came


Funny how you can get used to things. Lord Albert Esketh wins a bet and some beautiful horses from India in the process. He and his wife, Edwina, head to India to collect their reward. Once there they meet an old friend of the family and a rigid doctor named Rama Safti. Shortly after arriving a flood breaks out and a corresponding disease. Edwina, the friend of the family, and the doctor quickly go to work to save as many lives as possible; and in the process, Edwina may fall in love with another man... "I'm afraid I came to spill jam on your party dress." Clarence Brown, director of When in Rome, The Yearling, Angels in the Outfield, Anna Karenina (1935), Conquest, Idiot's Delight, and Chained, delivers The Rains Came. The storyline for this picture is fairly good and the main character, Edwina, is fascinating and very unique for films from this time period. The settings are also very good and the overall obstacles are well presented. I also liked the music selected to cause drama. "What would you do if you were in my place?" "I wouldn't be in your place." I DVR'd this picture because it starred one of my favorite actors, Tyrone Power. I will say it was Myrna Loy who stole the show. Her character was so elusive and unique. I was impressed by how well she delivered her role and the writing behind her character was well done. This movie is definitely worth seeing but may not be worth adding to your DVD collection. "She has no particular use for any other women." Grade: C+/B- (6.75)

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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
Bruce Bruce

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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
jay nixon

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