The Rains of Ranchipur

1955

The Rains of Ranchipur

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After The Rains Came (1939), this epic romantic melodrama was the second version of author Louis Bromfield's novel to get the deluxe, big-budget treatment from Twentieth Century Fox. Lana Turner stars as Lady Edwina Esketh, the spoiled and hedonistic wife of Lord Esketh (Michael Rennie), a British royal. Intending to purchase some horses, the Eskeths accept an invitation to the Indian city of Ranchipur by the Maharani (Eugene Leontovich). Once there, Edwina meets and unsuccessfully attempts to seduce Dr. Safti (Richard Burton), a handsome Hindu doctor and the Maharani's chosen heir. While in Ranchipur, Edwina also runs into an old acquaintance, Tom Ransome (Fred MacMurray), now the town drunk. As Edwina begins to realize that she's feeling real love for Safti, the doctor succumbs to her charms and a torrid affair begins, as a series of earthquakes and a devastating flood strike Ranchipur. The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) was Oscar nominated for Best Visual Effects. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast

Lana Turner
as Lady Edwina Esketh
Richard Burton
as Dr. Major Rama Safti
Fred MacMurray
as Thomas "Tom" Ransome
Joan Caulfield
as Fern Simon
Michael Rennie
as Lord Albert Esketh
Gladys Hurlbut
as Mrs. Simon
Madge Kennedy
as Mrs. Smiley
Carlo Rizzo
as Mr. Adoani
Beatrice Kraft
as Oriental Dancer
King Calder
as Mr. Smiley
Argentina Brunetti
as Mrs. Adoani
John Banner
as Ranchid
Ram Singh
as Major Domo
Lou Krugman
as Courier
Rama Bai
as Lachmaania
Naji Gabbay
as Wagonlit Porter
Jugat Bhatia
as Headhunter
George Brand
as Mr. Simon
Phyllis Johannes
as Nurse Gupta
Aly Wassil
as Another Courier
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  • This remake, starring Lana Turner, of the 1939 The Rains Came is not as compelling, but the special effects (nominated for Oscar) are good

    Jul 19, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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  • Jun 12, 2013
    Not as good as the original The Rains Came but an entertaining movie with good special effects.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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