Despite some over the top melodrama at the end, I enjoyed this disaster/romantic drama..
(The fictional) Ranchipur province India is governed by a benevolent, progressive maharaja (H.B. Warner) and his wife (Maria Ouspenskaya). The disreputable painter Tom Ransome (George Brent) has lived on the fringes of the palace for several years. When Lord (Nigel Bruce) and Lady (Myrna Loy) Edwina Esketh arrive, Tom and the libertine Edwina apparently rekindle an old flame. But Edwina is soon distracted by Major Rama Safti (Tyrone Power), a noted physician and court favorite. She gets nowhere with the major until the rains come and an earthquake and dam failure inspire her to take pity on the sick and dieing. With some great character actors, including Joseph Schildkraut, Henry Travers, Mary Nash, Jane Darwell, and Laura Hope Crewes.
I think this would have been a more interesting story if it had been made outside the strictures of the Hayes Code. It was not bad as it was, containing many more wrinkles than I was able to include in my plot summary. It was not easy to buy Tyrone Power as an Indian. The rest of the cast was great and it was nice to see Myrna Loy back in a vamp role.
The Rains Came won an Oscar for its special effects. It was also nominated by the Academy in the categories of: Best Black and White Cinematography; Best Art Direction; Best Sound Recording; Best Film Editing; and Best Original Score (Alfred Newman).
Clip – earthquake