|“The Rains of Ranchipur.” Charismatic Richard Burton & femme fatale Lana Turner
give one another the attention whereas her husband Michael Rennie appears oblivious…
This state of affairs appears acquainted!
|Burton would replay this state of affairs for actual in 1962!
What occurs while you combine cleaning soap suds with man-made or mom
nature’s calamities? The result’s Hollywood “catastrophe” motion pictures, at all times a film
staple. The style hit their peak within the Nineteen Seventies when Irwin Allen arrange beloved stars
in essentially the most fundamental situations, solely to be knocked down like bowling pins.
The Rains of Ranchipur is a ‘50s instance, with stars who
undergo emotional and bodily turmoil. A wealthy couple journey to India to purchase a
race horse. The spouse is rich and does as she pleases, whereas the husband
suffers stoically, and spends her cash. At their host’s social gathering, one have a look at an
Indian physician and the spouse will get a fever! Theirs and a few supporting characters’
plots plod alongside till the titled torrents wash some sense proper into their
brains. If this had been an Irwin Allen flick, a number of of the supporting forged
would have washed away. Whereas not setting the silver display ablaze, Lana
Turner, Richard Burton, and Fred MacMurray do properly sufficient of their roles in The Rains of Ranchipur. Lana offers an old-style
film star efficiency, Richard surprisingly underplays, and Fred presents up a
veteran star going via his paces.
|Michael Rennie’s Lord seems to be on as Woman Lana Turner greets outdated pal Fred MacMurray.
Eugenie Leontovich seems to be skeptical because the Maharani in “The Rains of Ranchipur.”
Whereas The Rains of
Ranchipur has been in contrast unfavorably to the 1939 model, The Rains Got here, the previous is not any nice
shakes, both. Each are escapist leisure accomplished adequately. The unique
has Myrna Loy, Tyrone Energy, and George Brent, on the peak of their
freshness. And new star Energy a minimum of seemed
unique because the Indian physician. The ’39 model made almost 3 times as a lot at
the field workplace because the ’55 model; the latter was solely a reasonable hit.
|Cool poster for a lukewarm film, 1955’s “The Rains of Ranchipur.”
There have been quotes attributed to Richard Burton
relating to Lana Turner’s performing skills. Properly, Turner wasn’t Davis or
Stanwyck, however she knew methods to give a film star efficiency when confronted with
lesser materials. So did Joan Crawford and later, Elizabeth Taylor—it should have
been within the MGM Handbook! Turner’s wealthy playgirl is pure dime retailer romance,
however she performs the stereotype fairly entertainingly. Lana Turner was 34 right here. Although
Lana’s prematurely previous her youthful freshness, it is nonetheless good to see her
glamour earlier than it grew to become shellacked in Imitation
|Mid-stardom, Lana Turner is offered ravishingly, 1955’s “The Rains of Ranchipur.”
|But in all of the promo pics, Lana Turner seems to be ghostly!
As for Burton, he admitted through the years that he was not
the very best bodily actor and relied a lot on his nice voice. Honest sufficient. Nonetheless,
he seems to be like a soldier standing at consideration; sitting, he slumps in a not very
main man-like posture. In fact, the world’s most well-known Welshman seems to be
absurd in a turban and brown face as Dr. Safti. But, Richard is hanging to
have a look at in his good-looking youth, with blue-green eyes much more piercing with the
make-up. It has been famous that as brown-faced Burton has extra scenes with golden
Lana, his pores and skin tones turn into lighter. Love is unusual, because the tune goes! Richard
does not over-act, as he may later do, however he’s very minimal, which may be
the fitting solution to play this position, when so unconvincingly forged as one other
|Richard Burton’s sensible Hindu physician additionally has sensible blue-green eyes!
Michael Rennie has the unenviable position as cuckold husband Albert
to Turner’s adventuress spouse. Rennie’s
stone face made him excellent because the customer from outer area, however enjoying
reverse one of many flashiest stars in MGM’s galaxy is a thankless job.
|Fred MacMurray as Tom Ransome, a superb man who drinks an excessive amount of in “The Rains of Ranchipur.” Fred’s expression jogs my memory of Benedict Cumberbatch right here.
Fred MacMurray, as Lana’s long-time buddy Tom Ransome, is
the wealthy consuming man. Fred’s strong, however nonetheless on the stodgy aspect, and a bit on
autopilot. His love curiosity is Joan Caulfield as Fern, who is meant to be
faculty age, whereas Fred was in his mid-40s. Joan was truly 33, a 12 months
youthful than girl of the world Lana! Caulfield goals to transcend the everyday
second lead ingénue position and is barely overbearing. Right here, Joan’s perky interactions
with world-weary Fred are only a bit too valuable.
|Eugenie Leontovich has a area day because the willful Maharani, who spars with Lana
Turner’s playgirl over Richard Burton’s sensible doc, in “The Rains of Ranchipur.”
Russian actress Eugenie Leontovich, who performs Burton’s mother-figure
because the Maharani, is one other light-eyed Indian. And he or she has a area day
overplaying the Indian grande dame, which is saying one thing, for the reason that position
was initially performed by Maria Ouspenskaya. Film followers might recall Leontovich as
the wheelchair-bound girl in William Citadel’s cult basic, Homicidal.
|The characters of “The Rains of Ranchipur” work collectively through the titled catastrophe.
As for Lana, although her character has married Michael
Rennie’s for the title, she’s the cash baggage. In order that explains how Lana is a
“Woman,” however how on earth did a Lana find yourself enjoying a personality named
“Edwina?!” I smiled each time she was addressed as “Woman
|Lana’s Woman Edwina is shocked when Doc Burton’s thoughts wasn’t on HER
whereas tending to the survivors of “The Rains of Ranchipur.”
Apart from Burton’s disparaging quotes about Lana, Turner
has protested maybe a bit an excessive amount of that she discovered Richard unappealing as a
man and star. Joan Collins would make the identical claims shortly after, with The Sea Spouse. As neither girl was
notably discriminating when it got here to males, I keep a wholesome skepticism
towards their stances. It is amusing that Burton and Turner, two of
Hollywood’s largest gamers, claimed to not get private off the set. And it’s very amusing that Burton performs a
character that has been chaste!
|Turner’s Woman Edwina redeems herself in a ultimate reel from “The Rains of Ranchipur.”
Fox’s Travilla didn’t do Lana Turner’s wardrobe, and Lana
introduced her MGM fashion crew together with her to Fox, together with designer Helen Rose. Maybe
Travilla received his revenge on her later with the gaudy get ups of The Large Dice!
Jean Negulesco directs competently, if not along with his regular refined
fashion. The Nineteen Fifties was flooded with studio remakes of their golden oldies, and The Rains
of Ranchipur was a by the numbers rehash. The situation taking pictures was in
Pakistan, however did any of the celebs truly go there?
|The chemistry between Lana & Richard does not set the Cinemascope display on hearth,
however they’ve their moments, in 1955’s “The Rains of Ranchipur.”
The Rains of Ranchipur is a mildly entertaining film for
some lazy time in your favourite chair, for film stars and studio fashion.
After Lana Turner’s comeback in The Unhealthy within the Lovely, it was again to doing junk like The Rains of Ranchipur. Right here’s one in every of
Turner’s finest, my take right here:
|My fave scene: after surviving sickness & floods, Lana’s first order of enterprise is
placing her make-up again on, in “The Rains of Ranchipur.”