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The Rains Of Ranchipur (1955)
Starring Lana Turner and Richard Burton

Beautiful color print and will play in all DVD players.
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.
Director: Jean Negulesco
Writers: Louis Bromfield (novel), Merle Miller

Stars: Lana Turner, Richard Burton, Fred MacMurray, Joan Caulfield, Michael Rennie
Academy Awards, USA 1956

Nominee
Best Effects, Special Effects
At the time of production, actress Joan Caulfield was married to producer Frank Ross.
The film has been condemned as racist for casting a white actor as an Indian in the lead role.
The film was a remake of The Rains Came (1939), which had been co-written by Philip Dunne. Dunne later wrote about the remake: "All I ever contributed to the remake was the title: The Rains of Ranchipur. The writer and producer, both friends of mine, tactlessly, unkindly and repeatedly informed me that their script was infinitely superior to the one Julien Josephson and I had written, which they dismissed as too old fashioned and corny for our purposes. They decided not to use any of it, and in fact didn't. Unfortunately for them, in the process they eliminated the most important event of all, the naughty lady's death, thereby violating the very essence of author Bromfield's original design. They turned a noble tragedy, corny or not, into a mere romantic interlude and thus achieved what they deserved: a resounding flop."
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