The Rains Of Ranchipur

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This remake of 20th Century Fox's 1939 hit THE RAINS CAME boasts color CinemaScope and an all-star cast, but shares its predecessor's script problems. Turner stars as the vampish wife of a henpecked British lord (Rennie) who delights in seducing any man who catches her fancy. Rennie and Turner venture to the Indian city of Ranchipur on the invitation of...read more

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This remake of 20th Century Fox's 1939 hit THE RAINS CAME boasts color CinemaScope and an all-star cast, but shares its predecessor's script problems. Turner stars as the vampish wife of a henpecked British lord (Rennie) who delights in seducing any man who catches her fancy. Rennie and

Turner venture to the Indian city of Ranchipur on the invitation of the Maharani, Leontovich. There Turner meets Burton, a handsome young Indian doctor who is Leontovich's heir apparent. The blonde seductress decides to make Burton her next conquest, but the noble doctor resists her charms at the

urging of Leontovich. This makes Turner even more determined, and as she desperately tries to win Burton over she begins to realize that for the first time in her life she is truly in love. Burton eventually succumbs to her advances and the two indulge in a torrid romance. Their idyll is

interrupted, however, when Ranchipur is hit by the season's torrential rains, followed by a violent earthquake that causes the dam to burst and flood the city, killing thousands. Burton is shaken by the event and realizes that his true destiny is to help his people. He breaks off his relationship

with Turner and leaves to help the injured and homeless. Turner is also affected by the disaster and, with a newfound capacity for love, she returns to her husband determined to salvage their marriage (in the 1939 version, as in the novel, her character dies after contracting malaria). Once again

Fox loosened the purse strings for this production, spending $40,000. As in the original film, the special effects are the main attraction and the melodrama's raison d'etre. Turner (who was also considered for the role eventually played by Brenda Joyce in THE RAINS CAME) offers a sultry, more

overtly sexual interpretation of Lady Edwina Esketh, but fails to convincingly convey the character's deep emotional awakening. Burton, like Tyrone Power before him, is surprisingly good in a role that could easily backfire on an Anglo actor. MacMurray, however, is totally wasted in a

underdeveloped subplot and later declared that he "was just the town drunk in that picture." All was not well on the set during THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR, since Turner detested Burton and thought him an arrogant boor. Her attitude toward the actor never wavered, and years later it affected her

friendship with Elizabeth Taylor. The picture contains Oscar nominated special effects.

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