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The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 14 December 1955 (USA)
Despite marital problems, English Lord Albert Esketh and his rich American socialite wife Lady Edwina Esketh travel to India to buy a prize horse from the ruler of Ranchipur.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Louis Bromfield (novel), Merle Miller (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Lady Edwina Esketh
Richard Burton ... Dr. Major Rama Safti
Fred MacMurray ... Tom Ransome
Joan Caulfield ... Fern Simon
Michael Rennie ... Lord Albert Esketh
Eugenie Leontovich ... Maharani
Gladys Hurlbut Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Simon
Madge Kennedy ... Mrs. Smiley
Carlo Rizzo Carlo Rizzo ... Mr. Adoani
Beatrice Kraft Beatrice Kraft ... Oriental Dancer
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Storyline

Rich American socialite Lady Edwina Esketh, who obtained her title by marrying English Lord Albert Esketh, travels to Ranchipur where Albert hopes to buy a prize stallion from the Maharani. Theirs is not a happy marriage and after she meets a prominent local doctor, Rama Safti, falls madly in love with him. He too is in love with her much to the Maharani's disapproval as she has great plans for the good doctor. Also living in Ranchipur is Tom Ransome an old friend of Edwina's who perhaps knows too much about her past. When a natural disaster destroys much of Ranchipur, disease follows forcing Safti to choose between treating the sick or being with Edwina, who is also deathly ill. Written by garykmcd

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INDIA...never more exotic, mysterious! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rains Came See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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The film is a remake of the 1939 black-and-white film The Rains Came, also made by Fox, directed by Clarence Brown. See more »

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Tiresome story rehashed again...only worthwhile for the spectacular "rains"...
26 August 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

If you think watching LANA TURNER's attraction to the first man in a turban she's ever seen (RICHARD BURTON) is slightly humorous, wait till you see and hear FRED MacMURRAY and JOAN CAULFIELD reciting some dreary, sappy dialogue as the second lead love interests in another re-working of Luis Bromfield's tale about passion among some folk in India.

It's a tale that doesn't get any better in this more lavish remake of "The Rains Came". The story is the kind that you follow only to wish impatiently that the floods will arrive to make your patience with the acting, direction and script worthwhile.

Lana, of course, is a dream in Technicolored outfits, as a spoiled rich woman who dislikes her husband (MICHAEL RENNIE) because she suspects he only married her for her wealth. She therefore feels compelled to cheat on him with the first handsome man she spots after their arrival in India. It's typical Lana material and she does it so convincingly that you almost forgive her for some of the things she says and does.

The climax is well staged and worth a view, especially as seen on the wide screen in all of its CinemaScope glory. But getting there is a tiresome thing indeed.


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