Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1939. Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Philip Dunne, Julien Josephson, based on the novel by Louis Bromfield. Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller, Bert Glennon. Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by William S. Darling, George Dudley. Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling. Film Editing by Barbara McLean.
Myrna Loy‘s glamour and some impressive visual effects are the main attraction to this exciting adventure that takes place in India during the famed Rains of Ranchipur. Loy is a visiting nurse who has a shy romance with an Indian doctor (Tyrone Power, the whitest Indian doctor ever to have walked the face of the earth) until the aforementioned disaster strikes their country, and she follows up by drinking from the wrong glass and getting something like typhoid or yellow fever (don’t remember). Exciting, but not entirely memorable.
Academy Award: Best Special Effects
Nominations: Best Art Direction; Best Film Editing; Best Sound Recording; Best Original Score