The Rains Came

Synopsis: The adventurous Lady Edwina Esketh travels to the princely state of Ranchipur in India with her husband, Lord Albert Esketh, who is there to purchase some of the Maharajah's horses. She's surprised to meet an old friend, Tom Ransome who came to Ranchipur seven years before to paint the Maharajah's portrait and just stayed on. Ransome has developed something of a reputation - for womanizing and drinking too much - but that's OK with Edwina who is bored and looking for fun. She soon meets the local doctor, the hard working and serious Major Rama Safti. He doesn't immediately respond to her advances but when the seasonal rains come, disaster strikes when a dam fails, flooding much of the countryside. Disease soon sets in and everyone, including Ransome and Edwina, work at a non-stop pace to save as many as possible. Safti deeply admires Edwina's sacrifice but fate intervenes.
Director(s): Clarence Brown
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations.
103 min

Good morning, miss macdaid.

Good morning.

Good morning, Rama.

Good morning.

What's this,

Target practice?

If I didn't, they wouldn't

Leave me any flowers.

What about stopping for a drink

Or perhaps a cup of tea?

Oh, it's a temptation,

Mr. Ransome,

But they're expecting me

Back at the hospital.

In other words,

One of my patients has simply

Made up his mind to die...

If miss macdaid isn't there

Every hour she can spare...

Out of the 24

She already works.

Very well, but next time

I won't take no

For an answer.

I'll hold you to that.

Try and persuade major Safti

To take some rest.

There goes a great

And good woman.

Yes, there's no one

Quite like her.

Now, there's one

Of the mysteries of India...

I'll never be able

To understand.

What's that?

That stringless quartet

Over there.

They never

Seem to listen

Or to say anything.

But I know perfectly well

That by Tomorrow morning...

My innermost secrets

Will be the common talk

Of Ranchipur.

But of course,

You have nothing

To hide.

Brandy and soda?

Yes, thanks.

No, I don't think

I'd better.

I may have to operate

This afternoon.

Oh, just a drop.

Steadies the hand, see?

Well, kind of.


Then there's a conference

With the maharajah

At the palace.

In this heat?

Major, your energy appalls me.

Why, it isn't hot.

It's only 109 in the shade.

Aren't you ever

Going to finish it?

Is there any hurry?

But you haven't

Done a stroke since

The last time I was here.

Oh, stop.

You're making me perspire.

If the rains

Would only come.

They were praying at the temple

As I drove by this morning.

I had half a mind to join them.

In prayer?

I didn't know

You had faith

In anything, Tom.

Oh, that's where you're wrong.

I've got faith

In a lot of things.

For instance, uh--

For instance?

Well, for instance,

Queen victoria.

That old statue?

Oh, to you

She's only a statue,

But to me she's an old friend--

A living reminder of the fine,

Brave days before the world

Went to seed.

When london bridge did

Its falling to a dance step,

Not to the threat

Of Tomorrow's bombs.

When every american

Was a millionaire--

Or about to be one--

And people sang in vienna.

There she stands

In her cast-iron petticoat,

Unconcerned about wars,

Dictators and appeasement,

As serene as ever.

God bless her.

The world is not as bad

As you think, Tom.

No? Only trying

To commit suicide

As fast as it knows how.

I don't agree with you.

Here in Ranchipur,

We're trying to make it

A little better.

The whole world?

Our world--

India in general,

Ranchipur in particular.

I rather like the old place

Just as it is.

You see it as an artist.

I see it as an Indian.

My people are crying for help,

After centuries of disease...

And poverty and superstition.

The american girl

And her mother

From the mission.

They're not stopping here,

Are they?

Mother, please don't.

I'll die if you do.

Oh, don't be silly.

If he wanted to know us,

He'd have called before this.

Hold the reins.

Is the honorable

Mr. Ransome in?

I'll find out, memsahib.


Oh! Mr. Ransome.

Do forgive me

For intruding.

I'm so anxious to have you come

To a little garden party...

I'm giving this afternoon

For lily hoggett-egburry...

And some of the nicer

English people.

Well, the major and I

Had planned some tennis

For this afternoon, and--

Well, I'm sure that major Safti

Won't mind giving up his tennis

Just this once.

Well, I'm afraid

That's for Mr. Ransome

To decide.

There, you see?

It's all settled.

00 for tea.

We'll be looking

For you.

Now, why did I say I'd go?

You didn't.

She did.

So nice to see you, lily.

Thank you, my dear.

Oh, you know major craddock

And mrs. Palmer, of course.

How do you do?

Mrs. Hoggett-egburry.

How do you do?

How do you do?

Lily, Tom Ransome

Is dropping in later.

Tom Ransome!

Oh, my dear!

What a catch for you.

I mean, my dear,

A realpukka sahib,

And one of the very best

County families

In all england.

But, being an american,

Of course that means

Nothing to me.

No, of course not.

Oh! How do you do?

Why, how are you?

I'm so glad to see you.

This is a surprise.

- and how do you do?

How nice seeing you.

- fine, thank you.


I wish you'd do something

About that dreadful

Smiley woman.

Yes, dear.

Look at her.

She just does it to annoy me.

Does what, dear?

Sits there

And looks so--

Oh, so middle west

In front of my guests.

I wish you'd do

Something about it.

What can I do, dear?

Well, you're head

Of this mission, aren't you?

Yes, but it's her verandah,

My dear.

Here comes Mr. Ransome.

Hello, Tom!

Oh, hello, aunt phoebe.

How do you keep so cool

In this infernal heat?

No hotter than iowa

In good corn weather.

Mmm! All dressed up,

Fit to kill.

Where you going?

Across the way.

Are you going over?

No, sirree.

We've got

A gentleman's agreement.

She keeps her nose

Out of the mission school,

And I don't have to go

To her parties.

You might call it

An armed truce.

How are you, homer?

Hello, Tom.

Hello, darling.


What do you think you are,

A two-year-old?

Working after hours

In this heat.

My husband's a fool.

Now, now, ma.

You know what

It says in scripture

About calling people fools.

I had to keep

One of my pupils

After school.

He'd been throwing


You'll be staying

To tea, of course?

Oh, he can't.

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