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The Rains Came (8-Sep-1939)

Director: Clarence Brown

Writers: Philip Dunne; Julien Josephson

From novel: The Rains Came by Louis Bromfield

Music by: Alfred Newman

Keywords: Drama, India

Myrna Loy visits Ranchipur with her husband, catches up with a former lover and pursues an Indian doctor. Also present is Tom Ransome, dating an 18-year-old daughter of missionaries, and the Maharaja and his wife. Their sexual parlor games are interrupted by the simultaneous arrival of monsoon season and a devastating earthquake. Exotic melodrama received the first Oscar for Special Effects, and nominations for 5 other Oscars including Best Cinematography. This was 1939, an enormous year for Hollywood, or it would likely have captured more.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Abner Biberman
1-Apr-1909 20-Jun-1977 Knock on Wood
George Brent
15-Mar-1899 26-May-1979 The Great Lie
Nigel Bruce
14-Feb-1895 8-Oct-1953 Played Rathbone's Dr. Watson
Jane Darwell
15-Oct-1879 13-Aug-1967 The bird woman in Mary Poppins
Brenda Joyce
25-Feb-1912 4-Jul-2009 Tarzan's Jane
Myrna Loy
2-Aug-1905 14-Dec-1993 The Thin Man
Mary Nash
15-Aug-1884 3-Dec-1976 The Philadelphia Story
Maria Ouspenskaya
29-Jul-1876 3-Dec-1949 Waterloo Bridge
Tyrone Power
5-May-1913 15-Nov-1958 Witness for the Prosecution
Marjorie Rambeau
15-Jul-1889 6-Jul-1970 The Primrose Path
Joseph Schildkraut
22-Mar-1896 21-Jan-1964 The Life of Emile Zola
Henry Travers
5-Mar-1874 18-Oct-1965 It's a Wonderful Life
H. B. Warner
26-Oct-1875 21-Dec-1958 The King of Kings


Myrna Loy   ...   Lady Edwina Esketh
Tyrone Power   ...   Maj. Rama Safti
George Brent   ...   Tom Ransome
Brenda Joyce   ...   Fern Simon
Nigel Bruce   ...   Lord Albert Esketh
Maria Ouspenskaya   ...   Maharani
Joseph Schildkraut   ...   Mr. Bannerjee
Mary Nash   ...   Miss MacDaid
Jane Darwell   ...   Aunt Phoebe (Mrs. Smiley)
Marjorie Rambeau   ...   Mrs. Simon
Henry Travers   ...   Rev. Homer Smiley
H. B. Warner   ...   Maharajah
Laura Hope Crews   ...   Lily Hoggett-Egburry
William Royle   ...   Raschid Ali Khan
Montague Shaw   ...   Gen. Keith
Harry Hayden   ...   Rev. Elmer Simon
Herbert Evans   ...   Bates
Abner Biberman   ...   John, the Baptist
Mara Alexander   ...   Mrs. Bannerjee
William Edmunds   ...   Mr. Das


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