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Claude Rains is a Actor American born on 10 november 1889 at London (United-kingdom)

Claude Rains

Claude Rains
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Birth name William Claude Rains
Nationality USA
Birth 10 november 1889 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 30 may 1967 (at 77 years) at Laconia (USA)

William Claude Rains (10 November 1889 – 30 May 1967) was an English actor of stage and screen whose career spanned 46 years. After his American film debut with The Invisible Man (1933) he played in classic films like The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Wolf Man (1941), Casablanca (1942; as Captain Renault), Notorious (1946), and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Rains was a four-time nominee for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, but never won.


Rains became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1939. He married six times, and was divorced from the first five of his wives: Isabel Jeans (married 1913–1915); Marie Hemingway (to whom Rains was married for less than a year in 1920); Beatrix Thomson (1924–8 April 1935); Frances Propper (9 April 1935 – 1956); and the classical pianist Agi Jambor (4 November 1959 – 1960). In 1960, he married Rosemary Clark Schrode, to whom he was married until her death on 31 December 1964. His only child, Jessica Rains, was born to him and Propper on 24 January 1938.

He acquired the 380-acre (1.5 km) Stock Grange Farm in West Bradford Township, Pennsylvania (just outside Coatesville) in 1941, and spent much of his time between film takes reading up on agricultural techniques. He sold the farm when his marriage to Propper ended in 1956. Rains spent his final years in Sandwich, New Hampshire. He died from an abdominal haemorrhage in Laconia on 30 May 1967, aged 77. He was buried at the Red Hill Cemetery in Moultonborough, New Hampshire.

Claude Rains: An Actor's Voice, a biography by David J. Skal and Rains' daughter Jessica, was published in 2008.

Best films

Notorious (1946)
Casablanca (1942)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Mr. Skeffington (1944)
Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Usually with

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Hal B. Wallis
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Jack Warner
(14 films)
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(12 films)
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Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Claude Rains (60 films)

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The Clairvoyant, 1h33
Directed by Maurice Elvey, Armand Mastroianni
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Crime
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Perry King, Fay Wray, Claude Rains, Elizabeth Kemp, Jane Baxter, Mary Clare
Rating56% 2.8058452.8058452.8058452.8058452.805845
After the body of murdered woman is found, nude and handcuffed, floating down the Hudson River in New York, a string of murders occur by an unseen serial killer who kills men by handcuffing them before killing them. Mac, a TV talk-show host, and Larry, a police detective, team up to try to find the killer and seek help from Virna, a clairvayant young artist, who draws visions of the murders before they happen. As Mac and Larry try to establish a connection between the victims and the first female victim, who may have been sexually involved all of the male victims, Virna's further visions begin to point to her as the next victim as she unknowingly closes in on the killer's identity.
Play It Again, Sam, 1h25
Directed by Herbert Ross
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Humphrey Bogart, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy, Jennifer Salt
Rating75% 3.7994653.7994653.7994653.7994653.799465
Set in San Francisco, the film begins with the closing scenes of Casablanca, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. We then see that the main character, Allan Felix (Woody Allen), is watching the film in a cinema, mouth agape. He leaves the cinema regretting that he will never be like Rick.
Lawrence of Arabia, 3h38
Directed by David Lean, Noël Howard
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Adventure, Historical
Themes Political films, Films based on plays, Le désert
Actors Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, José Ferrer
Roles Mr. Dryden
Rating82% 4.1487754.1487754.1487754.1487754.148775
Part I In 1935, Lawrence is killed in a motorcycle accident. At his memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral, a reporter tries to gain insights into this remarkable, enigmatic man from those who knew him, with little success.
Battle of the Worlds, 1h24
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Origin Italie
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Claude Rains, Umberto Orsini, Renzo Palmer, Carlo D'Angelo, John Karlsen, Giuliano Gemma
Roles Professor Benson
Rating43% 2.169222.169222.169222.169222.16922
Dr. Fred Steele (Umberto Orsini) and Eve Barnett (Maya Brent) work together at an astronomical station on a bucolic island. Steele has just had his request for a transfer approved, and he and Eve look forward to leaving the island and getting married. However, their budding romance is quickly put on hold as the station's scientists learn they must deal with a rogue planet—"The Outsider"—that has entered the solar system, and which is on a collision course with Earth. The brilliant but cantankerous Professor Benson (Claude Rains), living in an adjacent greenhouse with his dog Gideon, predicts that the Outsider will not strike the Earth but will simply make a close pass—a prediction that no other scientist will endorse. Meanwhile, a military base on Mars encounters the stray planet on its approach to Earth, and Commander Robert Cole and his wife Cathy quickly travel to the island outpost from Mars to help with the effort.
The Lost World, 1h37
Directed by Irwin Allen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Children's films
Actors Michael Rennie, Jill St John, David Hedison, Claude Rains, Fernando Lamas, Richard Haydn
Roles Prof. George Edward Challenger
Rating55% 2.752372.752372.752372.752372.75237
Professor Challenger (Claude Rains), a famed biologist and anthropologist, reports to the London Zoological Society that he has discovered living specimens of supposedly extinct animals, including dinosaurs, on an expedition to the Amazon Basin. When his colleagues dismiss his claims, he challenges the Society to mount another expedition to verify his story. Challenger and his companions travel to an isolated plateau, where they encounter prehistoric creatures and other hazards, and discover the legacy of a previous explorer that reveals the hidden past of one of their team. During a volcanic eruption, they escape from the plateau carrying the egg of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The egg hatches when it is dropped by accident, and Professor Challenger decides to take the infant dinosaur back to London with them.
This Earth Is Mine, 2h5
Directed by Henry King
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Rock Hudson, Jean Simmons, Dorothy McGuire, Claude Rains, Kent Smith, Anna Lee
Roles Philippe Rambeau
Rating63% 3.197523.197523.197523.197523.19752
In 1931, Lon Rambeau sends his daughter Elizabeth Rambeau away from London to Napa Valley, California to visit Lon's father Philippe Rambeau and Phillipe's daughter, Martha Fairon, owners of vast vineyards and a grand estate. Philippe and Martha welcome Elizabeth lavishly, then reveal the real reason for the celebration of her arrival: her betrothal, unknown to Elizabeth, between her and her cousin, Andre Swann. John Rambeau, obviously disliked by matriarch Martha, arrives at the party, flirts with Elizabeth and leads her out into the vineyards, where he mischievously reveals Rambeau family secrets: Philippe uses marriage to tighten the family hold on the valley; Phillipe's daughter, Martha and daughter-in-law, Charlotte (John's mother) had been married off to local landowners in order to increase the vineyard holdings — Phillipe now wants to marry off granddaughter Elizabeth to Andre in order to absorb the Stag's Leap District vineyard holdings in the Napa Valley. (also, Andre had wanted to become a priest, but was not allowed to do so, and had been forced to join the family business).
The Pied Piper of Hamelin, 1h29
Directed by Bretaigne Windust
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Fantasy, Musical
Themes Musical films, Children's films
Actors Van Johnson, Claude Rains, Lori Nelson, Jim Backus, Doodles Weaver, Stanley Adams
Roles Mayor of Hamelin
Rating58% 2.903022.903022.903022.903022.90302
The Pied Piper (Van Johnson) is first spotted working magic in Hamelin by a disabled boy, Paul, and playing his signature tune In the Hall of the Mountain King. Paul tells his best friend, the schoolteacher Truson (=true son), also played by Johnson, but Truson is skeptical.
Lisbon (1956)
, 1h30
Directed by Ray Milland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Maureen O'Hara, Ray Milland, Claude Rains, Yvonne Furneaux, Francis Lederer, Percy Marmont
Roles Aristides Mavros
Rating60% 3.003273.003273.003273.003273.00327
The police inspector Fonseca is interested in two Lisbon men in particular, the wealthy and notorious criminal Mavros and an American suspected smuggler with a fast boat, Captain Evans.
The Man Who Watched Trains Go By, 1h22
Directed by Harold French
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Claude Rains, Marius Goring, Märta Torén, Herbert Lom, Anouk Aimée, Ferdy Mayne
Roles Kees Popinga
Rating62% 3.1009153.1009153.1009153.1009153.100915
Kees Popinga est fondé de pouvoir chez un marchand hollandais de fourniture de bateaux à Groningue avec une femme et deux enfants il s'est peu à peu enfoncé dans l'ennui. Un soir, son patron lui apprend que son entreprise va déposer son bilan pour faillite frauduleuse. Se voyant ruiné, Kees Popinga voit son petit univers s'effondrer. Il décide de fuir son univers un peu mesquin et de faire des avances à Pamela, la maîtresse de son patron. Celle-ci ne l'accueillant qu'avec un rire moqueur, Kees, blessé dans son amour propre, la tue en voulant la faire taire. Il n'a alors plus d'autre solution que de quitter la Hollande, il s'enfuit donc à Paris. Ce sera pour lui l'occasion de vivre une vie en complète opposition avec son existence petite-bourgeoise qu'il a connu jusqu'alors. Il côtoie prostituées et petits malfrats, jusqu'à se faire dévaliser par un pick-pocket. Après une tentative de suicide manquée qui le livre nu aux mains de la police, il se retrouve interné en hôpital psychiatrique.
Sealed Cargo
Directed by Alfred L. Werker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Submarine films, Political films
Actors Dana Andrews, Claude Rains, Philip Dorn, Carla Balenda, Onslow Stevens, Skip Homeier
Roles Capt. Henrik Skalder
Rating66% 3.344053.344053.344053.344053.34405
In 1943, at the height of the World War II Battle of the Atlantic, Captain Pat Bannon, skipper of the fishing trawler Daniel Webster, unloads his catch in his home port of Gloucester, Massachusetts. He reluctantly agrees to transport Margaret McLean to Trabo, a small community in Newfoundland. Shorthanded, he hires Danish sailor Konrad, and the Daniel Webster sails for the Grand Banks fishing grounds. Once at sea, another Dane, Holger, reports that the radio has been sabotaged. As Bannon knows all of the crew well except for Konrad and fellow Dane Holger, he suspects one of them or even Margaret of being a German agent.
The White Tower, 1h38
Origin USA
Genres Adventure
Themes Sports films, Alpinisme
Actors Glenn Ford, Alida Valli, Claude Rains, Oskar Homolka, Lloyd Bridges, Cedric Hardwicke
Roles Paul Delambre
Rating60% 3.0004653.0004653.0004653.0004653.000465
Pour réaliser le rêve de son père, mort durant une ascension, l'alpiniste Carla Alton tente de gravir la Tour blanche, dans les Alpes suisses...
Where Danger Lives, 1h22
Directed by John Farrow
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Psychologie
Actors Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, Claude Rains, Maureen O'Sullivan, Ralph Dumke, Charles Kemper
Roles Frederick Lannington
Rating67% 3.3964153.3964153.3964153.3964153.396415
Dr. Jeff Cameron (Mitchum) saves an attempted suicide victim (Domergue) brought to San Francisco General Hospital. She checks out, but sends a telegram telling him her name, Margo, and address. To his surprise, he finds she lives in a mansion. He breaks a date with his nurse girlfriend, Julie (Maureen O'Sullivan), because he is worried Margo may try to commit suicide again.
The Passionate Friends, 1h35
Directed by David Lean, George Pollock
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Ann Todd, Claude Rains, Trevor Howard, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Betty Ann Davies, Isabel Dean
Roles Howard Justin
Rating72% 3.646423.646423.646423.646423.64642
The story is told through episodes of memories by the woman (Mary, played by Ann Todd) while on holiday in Switzerland waiting for her banker husband Howard (Claude Rains) to join her from his business. It has been nine years since they have been on holiday, but also nine years since she last talked to the man she is in love with (Steven, played by Trevor Howard), who unknowing to her has been booked into the adjoining room.