Claude Rains

Claude Rains (10 November 1889 – 30 May 1967) was an English stage and film actor whose career spanned 47 years; he later held American citizenship. He was known for many roles in Hollywood films, among them the title role in The Invisible Man (1933), a corrupt senator in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and, perhaps his most famous performance, Captain Renault in Casablanca (1942). Rains was born William Claude Rains in Camberwell, London on November 10, 1889. He grew up, according to his daughter, with "a very serious cockney accent and a speech impediment". His father was British stage actor Frederick Rains, and the young Rains made his stage debut at 11 in Nell of Old Drury. His acting talents were recognised by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, founder of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Tree paid for the elocution lessons Rains needed in order to succeed as an actor. Later, Rains taught at the institution, teaching John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, among others. Rains served in the First World War in the London Scottish Regiment, with fellow actors Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman and Herbert Marshall. Rains was involved in a gas attack that left him nearly blind in one eye for the rest of his life. However, the war did aid his social advancement and, by its end, he had risen from the rank of Private to Captain. Rains began his career in the London theatre, having a success in the title role of John Drinkwater's play Ulysses S. Grant, the follow-up to the ...

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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

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The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Alec Guinness  •  Anthony Quinn  •  Jack Hawkins

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Alec Guinness  •  Anthony Quinn  •  Jack Hawkins

Anthony Adverse (1936)

Based on the novel by Hervey Allen, this expansive drama follows the many adventures of the eponymous hero, Anthony Adverse. Abandoned at a convent by his heartless nobleman father, Don Luis, Anthony is later mentored by his kind grandfather, John Bonnyfeather, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Donald Woods  •  Anita Louise

Based on the novel by Hervey Allen, this expansive drama follows the many adventures of the eponymous hero, Anthony Adverse. Abandoned at a convent by his heartless nobleman father, Don Luis, Anthony is later mentored by his kind grandfather, John Bonnyfeather, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Donald Woods  •  Anita Louise

Casablanca (1942)

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Paul Henreid  •  Claude Rains

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Paul Henreid  •  Claude Rains

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Boxer Joe Pendleton, flying to his next fight, crashes...because a Heavenly Messenger, new on the job, snatched Joe's spirit prematurely from his body. Before the matter can be rectified, Joe's body is cremated; so the celestial Mr. Jordan grants him the use of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Hall
CAST:  Robert Montgomery  •  Claude Rains  •  Evelyn Keyes  •  James Gleason

Boxer Joe Pendleton, flying to his next fight, crashes...because a Heavenly Messenger, new on the job, snatched Joe's spirit prematurely from his body. Before the matter can be rectified, Joe's body is cremated; so the celestial Mr. Jordan grants him the use of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Hall
CAST:  Robert Montgomery  •  Claude Rains  •  Evelyn Keyes  •  James Gleason

Kings Row (1942)

Five children in an apparently ideal American small town find their lives changing as the years pass near the turn of the century in 1900. Parris and Drake, both of whom have lost their parents, are best friends; Parris dreams of becoming a doctor, studying under ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Wood
CAST:  Ann Sheridan  •  Ronald Reagan  •  Charles Coburn  •  Claude Rains

Five children in an apparently ideal American small town find their lives changing as the years pass near the turn of the century in 1900. Parris and Drake, both of whom have lost their parents, are best friends; Parris dreams of becoming a doctor, studying under ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Wood
CAST:  Ann Sheridan  •  Ronald Reagan  •  Charles Coburn  •  Claude Rains

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

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Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to Washington, many shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Jean Arthur  •  James Stewart  •  Claude Rains  •  Edward Arnold

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to Washington, many shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Jean Arthur  •  James Stewart  •  Claude Rains  •  Edward Arnold

Notorious (1946)

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In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Claude Rains  •  Louis Calhern

In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Claude Rains  •  Louis Calhern

Now, Voyager (1942)

A woman suffers a nervous breakdown and an oppressive mother before being freed by the love of a man she meets on a cruise.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Rapper
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Paul Henreid  •  Claude Rains  •  Gladys Cooper

A woman suffers a nervous breakdown and an oppressive mother before being freed by the love of a man she meets on a cruise.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Rapper
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Paul Henreid  •  Claude Rains  •  Gladys Cooper

Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Pit violinist Claudin hopelessly loves rising operatic soprano Christine Dubois (as do baritone Anatole and police inspector Raoul) and secretly aids her career. But Claudin loses both his touch and his job, murders a rascally music publisher in a fit of madness, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Lubin
CAST:  Nelson Eddy  •  Susanna Foster  •  Claude Rains  •  Edgar Barrier

Pit violinist Claudin hopelessly loves rising operatic soprano Christine Dubois (as do baritone Anatole and police inspector Raoul) and secretly aids her career. But Claudin loses both his touch and his job, murders a rascally music publisher in a fit of madness, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Lubin
CAST:  Nelson Eddy  •  Susanna Foster  •  Claude Rains  •  Edgar Barrier

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Robin Hood fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz  •  William Keighley
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Basil Rathbone  •  Claude Rains

Robin Hood fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz  •  William Keighley
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Basil Rathbone  •  Claude Rains

The Invisible Man (1933)

Working in Dr. Cranley’s laboratory, scientist Jack Griffin was always given the latitude to conduct some of his own experiments. His sudden departure, however, has Cranley’s daughter Flora worried about him. Griffin has taken a room at the nearby Lion’s Head Inn, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Whale
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Gloria Stuart  •  William Harrigan  •  Henry Travers

Working in Dr. Cranley’s laboratory, scientist Jack Griffin was always given the latitude to conduct some of his own experiments. His sudden departure, however, has Cranley’s daughter Flora worried about him. Griffin has taken a room at the nearby Lion’s Head Inn, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Whale
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Gloria Stuart  •  William Harrigan  •  Henry Travers

The Lost World (1960)

Professor Challenger leads an expedition of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle to verify his claim that dinosaurs still live there.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irwin Allen
CAST:  Michael Rennie  •  Jill St. John  •  David Hedison  •  Claude Rains

Professor Challenger leads an expedition of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle to verify his claim that dinosaurs still live there.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irwin Allen
CAST:  Michael Rennie  •  Jill St. John  •  David Hedison  •  Claude Rains

The Passionate Friends (1949)

A woman is torn between the love of her life, who is married to someone else, and her older husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Ann Todd  •  Claude Rains  •  Trevor Howard  •  Isabel Dean

A woman is torn between the love of her life, who is married to someone else, and her older husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Ann Todd  •  Claude Rains  •  Trevor Howard  •  Isabel Dean

The Unsuspected (1947)

The host of the radio murder mystery "The Unsuspected" has a niece who cannot remember being married. An associate of the show is found hanged.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Joan Caulfield  •  Claude Rains  •  Audrey Totter  •  Constance Bennett

The host of the radio murder mystery "The Unsuspected" has a niece who cannot remember being married. An associate of the show is found hanged.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Joan Caulfield  •  Claude Rains  •  Audrey Totter  •  Constance Bennett

The Wolf Man (1941)

After his brother's death, Larry Talbot returns home to his father and the family estate. Events soon take a turn for the worse when Larry is bitten by a werewolf.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Waggner
CAST:  Lon Chaney Jr.  •  Claude Rains  •  Warren William  •  Bela Lugosi

After his brother's death, Larry Talbot returns home to his father and the family estate. Events soon take a turn for the worse when Larry is bitten by a werewolf.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Waggner
CAST:  Lon Chaney Jr.  •  Claude Rains  •  Warren William  •  Bela Lugosi

They Won't Forget (1937)

A southern town is rocked by scandal when teenager Mary Clay is murdered on Confederate Decoration Day. Andrew Griffin, a small-time lawyer with political ambitions, sees the crime as his ticket to the Senate if he can find the right victim to finger for the crime. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Gloria Dickson  •  Edward Norris  •  Otto Kruger

A southern town is rocked by scandal when teenager Mary Clay is murdered on Confederate Decoration Day. Andrew Griffin, a small-time lawyer with political ambitions, sees the crime as his ticket to the Senate if he can find the right victim to finger for the crime. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Gloria Dickson  •  Edward Norris  •  Otto Kruger

Where Danger Lives (1950)

A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman and apparently becomes involved in the death of her husband. They head for Mexico trying to outrun the law.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Farrow
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Faith Domergue  •  Claude Rains  •  Maureen O'Sullivan

A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman and apparently becomes involved in the death of her husband. They head for Mexico trying to outrun the law.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Farrow
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Faith Domergue  •  Claude Rains  •  Maureen O'Sullivan

Four Daughters (1938)

Musician Adam Lemp and his four equally musical daughters, Emma, Ann, Kay, and Thea, live happily together. Each daughter has an upstanding young man for whom she cares. However, the arrival of a cynical, slovenly young composer named Mickey Borden turns the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Priscilla Lane  •  Rosemary Lane  •  Lola Lane  •  Claude Rains

Musician Adam Lemp and his four equally musical daughters, Emma, Ann, Kay, and Thea, live happily together. Each daughter has an upstanding young man for whom she cares. However, the arrival of a cynical, slovenly young composer named Mickey Borden turns the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Priscilla Lane  •  Rosemary Lane  •  Lola Lane  •  Claude Rains

White Banners (1938)

A homeless woman named Hannah drifts into the lives of the kindly Ward family, in a small Indiana town in 1919. Hannah makes herself useful as a cook and housekeeper and stays with the Wards... but her real interest is in meeting their neighbor, teenager Peter ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Fay Bainter  •  Jackie Cooper  •  Bonita Granville

A homeless woman named Hannah drifts into the lives of the kindly Ward family, in a small Indiana town in 1919. Hannah makes herself useful as a cook and housekeeper and stays with the Wards... but her real interest is in meeting their neighbor, teenager Peter ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Fay Bainter  •  Jackie Cooper  •  Bonita Granville

Mr. Skeffington (1944)

A beautiful but vain woman who rejects the love of her older husband must face the loss of her youth and beauty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Sherman
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Claude Rains  •  Walter Abel  •  George Coulouris

A beautiful but vain woman who rejects the love of her older husband must face the loss of her youth and beauty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Sherman
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Claude Rains  •  Walter Abel  •  George Coulouris
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