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A spoiled, married English woman falls in love with an Indian doctor.
Lord Alan Esketh, an impoverished Englishman who married for money, travels to the province of Ranchipur, India with his wealthy American wife, Lady Edwina. During their journey, Alan upbraids Edwina, who indulges in many love affairs, for her selfishness and greed. At Ranchipur, Edwina and Alan are greeted by the aged but regal Maharani, from whom they want to buy a prize stallion. The Maharani tells them she is hosting a dinner party in their honor, at which one of the guests will be Dr. Safti, her late husband's protégé. In the morning, Edwina is surprised by a visit from her childhood friend, engineer Tom Ransome, who has retreated to a life of quiet drunkenness in Ranchipur. Later, at the village's American mission, vivacious Fern Simon receives an invitation to the Maharani's party. Her mother does not want her to go unaccompanied, so Fern introduces herself to Tom and asks her to take him. Tom is nonplussed by the young woman's questions about his lifestyle but genially agrees to escort her. That evening, Edwina is attracted to the quiet Safti, much to the dismay of the Maharani. While Edwina blatanly stares at Safti, Tom and Fern talk on the balcony, and Fern asks Tom to loan her $1,000 so that she can attend teaching school in the United States. Fern explains that she does not want to marry the dull Englishman chosen by her mother, but Tom states that her reputation will be damaged if anyone learns that he gave her money. Tom promises to help her achieve her goal, however, and Fern's interest in the much older Tom grows. After the evening's entertainment, Edwina gets Safti alone and flirts aggressively with him, and he finds himself reluctantly responding. After the party, the Maharani explains to Edwina that she and her husband reared Safti after his parents, who were of the Untouchable caste, died. Safti served five years in prison for participating in the movement to free India, but since then, has become indispensible to Ranchipur. The Maharani orders Edwina not to interfere with Safti's career, to which Edwina blithely replies that she is not interested in his career. Soon after, Alan and Edwina accompany Safti on a safari to kill a man-eating tiger. At the camp that night, Alan tells Edwina that he is sickened by her behavior and will be filing for divorce. Edwina then dines alone with Safti, who expresses regret for flirting with her, and states that he will not be added to her collection of men. Edwina storms off but cries out when she sees a cobra. Safti rescues her, and finds himself comforting the crying woman with an embrace. The next day, Alan shoots the tiger but he is mauled when he goes to inspect the beast. Safti saves him and Alan is taken to the palace to recuperate. As time passes, Safti falls in love with Edwina and admits to his feelings when questioned by Alan. Alan protests that Edwina merely uses men before disposing of them, but Safti will not be dissuaded from seeing her. Safti then meets Edwina, who has genuinely fallen in love with him but fears that she will not be able to change. That night, as the rains descend on Ranchipur, Fern goes to Tom's house with the intention of spending the night on the couch. Fern explains that if everyone believes she has had an affair with him, no one in Ranchipur will marry her and her mother will be forced to find the money to send her away. Tom, who is falling in love with Fern, insists on taking her home, and explains that he became disillusioned after fighting in World War II. Later, the Maharani visits Safti's hospital, and there confronts her foster son. After Safti confesses that he loves Edwina, the Maharani decides to order her to leave Ranchipur. Soon after, at a party given by Mr. Adoani, the Maharani's aide, a drunken Tom, certain that Edwina will destroy Safti, exhorts her to abandon her affair with the doctor. Safti and Tom are about to come to blows when an earthquake rocks the area, followed by an even stronger one. Safti makes it across the river to the other side of the village just before the dam, weakened by the rain and tremors, crumbles and the village is flooded. The hysterical Edwina collapses, and Tom realizes that she is gravely ill. Tom spends the night looking after Edwina, while at the hospital, Safti tends to the hundreds of injured. Fern arrives at the Adoanis' house in a boat, which Tom uses to transport Edwina to the mission. There, Emily Smiley, the reverend's wife, nurses Edwina, who calls for Safti. Fearing that Edwina is dying, Emily sends word to Alan, who reveals to Safti that he truly loves Edwina and selflessly begs him to go to her. Safti cannot bring himself to leave the many people who need him, however, and soon Edwina recovers on her own. The area is still flooded due to a dam of debris at a narrow spot in the river, thus preventing travel from one side of the village to the other and increasing the risk of disease. Suddenly, an explosion rocks the village and the debris is blown away, freeing the water. After the floodwaters have subsided, Safti goes to the mission, where he reveals that Tom was the one who risked his life to clear the narrows. As a proud Fern embraces Tom, Safti finds Edwina, who is devastated that Safti knew she was ill yet chose to stay at the hospital. Safti, who is thrilled with the opportunity to rebuild the village and provide clean, safe housing for the Untouchables, tries to persuade Edwina to stay in Ranchipur. Later, however, Edwina and Alan prepare to leave the palace together. Edwina bids farewell to the Maharani, who bitterly rejects Edwina's assertion that she is finally committing a selfless act by going away so that Safti can achieve his goals unhindered. As Edwina departs, she is approached by Safti, who tells her that she must always see herself as he sees her, as good, kind and capable of great unselfishness. Heartbroken, Edwina leaves without a word to join Alan, who comforts her with a smile.
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|MPAA Ratings:||Premiere Info:||New York opening: 15 Dec 1955; Los Angeles opening: 16 Dec 1955|
|Release Date:||1955||Production Date:||
|Color/B&W:||Color (DeLuxe)||Distributions Co:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.|
|Sound:||Stereo (Western Electric Recording)||Production Co:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.|
|Duration(mins):||102 or 104||Country:||United States|
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