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Snakes In Movies

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Snakes in Movies
Lizards in Movies
Turtles in Movies
Amphibians in Movies
Alligators and Crocodiles
in Movies
Snake Face
All Movie Snakes
Must Die!
All Movie Snakes
Want to Kill You!
Snake Bites
Snakes Used
as Weapons
Giant Monster Snakes with a Taste
for Human Flesh
Pet Snakes
Snakes Used
to Shock Us
Dancing With Snakes
Snake Charmers
Snake People
Snakes Used Realistically
Snakes Used for
Food or Medicine
Snake Fights
Throwing and
Whipping Snakes
Black Mambas
Boas, Pythons,
and Anacondas

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The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)
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This is a colorful CinemaScope romantic melodrama set in the fictional city of Ranchipur, India. It was actually filmed in Pakistan because India refused to give permission to film in India. Maybe they knew how offensive Richard Burton would look as an Indian with his blue eyes, brownface makeup and a turban and they wanted no part of it. Burton plays Dr. Safti, born an Untouchable but raised like a son by the ruler of Ranchipur, and Lana Turner is Edwina, a wealthy cold-hearted American with a bad reputation because she married an English Lord for his title but doesn't let the marriage stop her from sleeping around. In Ranchipur, she attempts to make another conquest - Dr. Safti. They go on a tiger hunt where he resists her overtures and she storms off in anger and walks back to her tent. That's when the snake shows up. She sees a cobra in the grass and freezes, screaming in terror. The snake is well out of striking distance from her and she could easily walk away from it, but when does that ever matter? Or maybe she's screaming because the snake sound effects are so over the top - the snake is hissing like an angry cat and making rattling sounds. Dr. Safti comes running and tells Edwina to hold still then he picks up a burning torch that magically appears next to him and throws it at the cobra. The snake crawls away quickly to avoid being burnt to death. (The sadistic film crew actually filmed a real torch dropped onto a real live cobra!) Edwina is so freaked out by the snake that Dr. Safti slaps her hard on the cheek to calm her down in one of those "thanks, I needed that" movie cliche moments, then they kiss for the first time. The snake scene was just an excuse to get them both heated up and ready to lock lips as the overbearing orchestral strings swell in volume and they begin the next phase of their great love story. Thank goodness all that love nonsense gets interrupted when it all becomes a disaster movie with thunder and rain, earthquakes that open huge cracks that swallow up people, dams bursting flooding the entire city, and bridges full of people washing out. Those special effects won an Academy Award. The rest of the movie was rightly forgotten.

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