Claude Rains

Claude Rains

  • Highest Rated: 100% Kings Row (1942)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% Anthony Adverse (1936)
  • Birthday: Nov 10, 1889
  • Birthplace: London, England
  • The son of British stage actor Frederick Rains, Claude Rains gave his first theatrical performance at age 11 in Nell of Old Drury. He learned the technical end of the business by working his way up from being a two-dollars-a-week page boy to stage manager. After making his first U.S. appearance in 1913, Rains returned to England, served in the Scottish regiment during WWI, then established himself as a leading actor in the postwar years. He was also featured in one obscure British silent film, Build Thy House. During the 1920s, Rains was a member of the teaching staff at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; among his pupils were a young sprout named Laurence Olivier and a lovely lass named Isabel Jeans, who became the first of Rains' six wives. While performing with the Theatre Guild in New York in 1932, Rains filmed a screen test for Universal Pictures. On the basis of his voice alone, the actor was engaged by Universal director James Whale to make his talking-picture debut in the title role of The Invisible Man (1933). During his subsequent years at Warner Bros., the mellifluous-voiced Rains became one of the studio's busiest and most versatile character players, at his best when playing cultured villains. Though surprisingly never a recipient of an Academy award, Rains was Oscar-nominated for his performances as the "bought" Senator Paine in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), the title character in Mr. Skeffington (1944), the Nazi husband of Ingrid Bergman in Notorious (1946), and, best of all, the cheerfully corrupt Inspector Renault in Casablanca (1942). In 1946, Rains became one of the first film actors to demand and receive one million dollars for a single picture; the role was Julius Caesar, and the picture Caesar and Cleopatra. He made a triumphant return to Broadway in 1951's Darkness at Noon. In his last two decades, Claude Rains made occasional forays into television (notably on Alfred Hitchcock Presents) and continued to play choice character roles in big-budget films like Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

38% The Greatest Story Ever Told Herod the Great 1965
No Score Yet Twilight of Honor Art Harper 1963
98% Lawrence of Arabia Mr. Dryden 1962
No Score Yet Il Pianeta degli uomini spenti (Battle of the Worlds) (Planet of the Lifeless Men) Professor Benson 1961
No Score Yet The Lost World George Edward Challenger 1960
No Score Yet This Earth Is Mine Actor 1959
No Score Yet The Pied Piper of Hamelin Mayor of Hamelin 1957
No Score Yet Lisbon Aristides Mavros 1956
No Score Yet The Man Who Watched Trains Go By Actor 1953
No Score Yet Paris Express Kees Popinga 1952
No Score Yet Sealed Cargo Capt. Skalder 1951
No Score Yet Where Danger Lives Frederick Lannington 1950
No Score Yet The White Tower Paul DeLambre 1950
No Score Yet Rope of Sand Arthur Martingale 1949
73% The Passionate Friends Howard Justin 1948
No Score Yet The Unsuspected Victor Grandison 1947
No Score Yet Deception Alexander Hollenius 1946
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder Nick 1946
98% Notorious Alex 1946
No Score Yet Caesar and Cleopatra Julius Caesar 1945
57% Mr. Skeffington Job Skeffington 1944
No Score Yet Passage to Marseille Capt. Freycinet 1944
76% Phantom of the Opera Erique Claudin 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Ambrose Pomfret 1943
98% Casablanca Capt. Louis Renault 1942
91% Now, Voyager Dr. Jaquith 1942
100% Kings Row Dr. Alexander Tower 1942
No Score Yet Moontide Nutsy 1942
94% The Wolf Man Sir John Talbot 1941
No Score Yet Four Mothers Adam Lemp 1941
100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan Mr. Jordan 1941
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair David Belasco 1940
100% The Sea Hawk Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba 1940
No Score Yet Four Wives Adam Lemp 1939
95% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Sen. Joseph Harrison Paine 1939
No Score Yet Juarez Napoleon III 1939
No Score Yet They Made Me a Criminal Det. Monty Phelan 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
100% Four Daughters Adam Lemp 1938
100% The Adventures of Robin Hood Prince John 1938
No Score Yet Gold Is Where You Find It Col. Ferris 1938
No Score Yet White Banners Paul Ward 1938
No Score Yet They Won't Forget Andy Griffin 1937
60% The Prince and the Pauper Earl of Hertford 1937
No Score Yet Stolen Holiday Stefan Orloff 1937
No Score Yet Hearts Divided Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte 1936
20% Anthony Adverse Don Luis 1936
No Score Yet The Last Outpost John Stevenson 1935
No Score Yet The Mystery of Edwin Drood John Jasper 1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Reclaimed His Head Paul Verin 1934
No Score Yet Crime Without Passion Lee Gentry 1934
No Score Yet The Clairvoyant (The Evil Mind) Maximus 1934
100% The Invisible Man The Invisible Man 1933

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Langford
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Andrew Thurgood Amnesiac Father Amion Fabian Charles Gresham
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1959
  • 1957
  • 1956

QUOTES FROM Claude Rains CHARACTERS

Howard Justin
Well you may love her, but you don't know her. I do. Our marriage has been very successful until now. It's based on freedom and understanding, and a very deep affection. It's the marriage Mary and I both wanted. Your love is the romantic kind. [Howard stands] The kind that makes big demands. Nearness, belonging, fulfillment; a priority over everything else - that isn't the kind Mary really wants. Although you almost persuaded her that it was. Don't you see that you two together are really dangerous? I'm not blaming either of you - you can't help it and you couldn't have changed it. You just have to keep away from one another; and in future I'm going to see to it that you do.
Maj. Heinrich Strasser
What is your nationality?
Rick Blaine
I'm a drunkard.
Capt. Louis Renault
That makes Rick a citizen of the world.
Rick Blaine
Last night we said a great many things. You said I was to do the thinking for both of us. Well, I've done a lot of it since then, and it all adds up to one thing: you're getting on that plane with Victor where you belong.
Ilsa
But, Richard, no, I... I...
Rick Blaine
Now, you've got to listen to me! You have any idea what you'd have to look forward to if you stayed here? Nine chances out of ten, we'd both wind up in a concentration camp. Isn't that true, Louie?
Capt. Louis Renault
I'm afraid Major Strasser would insist.
Ilsa
You're saying this only to make me go.
Rick Blaine
I'm saying it because it's true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You're part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.
Ilsa
But what about us?
Rick Blaine
We'll always have Paris. We didn't have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.
Ilsa
When I said I would never leave you.
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
I shall kill you even if you hide in the deepest cave of the Earth. At ten o'clock tomorrow night, I will kill you!
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
Power, I said! Power to walk into the gold vaults of the nations, into the secrets of kings, into the Holy of Holies; power to make multitudes run squealing in terror at the touch of my little invisible finger. Even the moon's frightened of me, frightened to death!
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
[Griffin to Kemp as he at the Door] Bring a blacket with you, it's cold outside when you have to go about naked
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
Bring a blacket with you, it's cold outside when you have to go about naked.
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
Leave that alone and get out of here.
Mr. Herbert Hall
Look here, is this my house or yours?
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
All right, you fools. You've brought it on yourselves! Everything would have come right if you'd only left me alone. You've driven me near madness with your peering through the keyholes and gaping through the curtains. And now you'll suffer for it! You're crazy to know who I am, aren't you? All right! I'll show you! Here's one for you, and one for you. I'll show you who I am and what I am.
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
An invisible man can rule the world. Nobody will see him come, nobody will see him go. He can hear every secret. He can rob, and rape, and kill!
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
I'm frozen. Cold enough to freeze the icicles off an Eskimo.
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
Power, I said! Power to walk into the gold vaults of the nations, into the secrets of kings, into the Holy of Holies; power to make multitudes run squealing in terror at the touch of my little invisible finger. Even the moon's frightened of me, frightened to death!
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
The whole world's frightened to death! So, I see Kemp couldn't sleep, he had to go downstairs, he was frightened. I put my trust in Kemp, I told him my secret and he gave me his word of honor. You must go now, Flora.
Flora Cranley
I want to help you.
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
There is nothing left for you to do my dead, except to go. I shall come back. I swear, I shall come back because I shall defeat them. Go now my dear.
Flora Cranley
No, I want to stay. You must hide.
Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
Don't worry, the whole world's my hiding place. I can stand there amongst them in the day and night and laugh at them.
Capt. Louis Renault
Round up the usual suspects.
Enrique Claudin
[Claudin is talking to Christine as they descend into the catacombs beneath the Opera] you don't understand we can't go back up there ever, it was i who made the chandelier fall, i for you Christine
Enrique Claudin
You don't understand we can't go back up there ever, it was I who made the chandelier fall. I for you, Christine.
Enrique Claudin
Forgive me, but I have been a part of the Opera for so long. Everybody, everything connected with it, I feel it is so much a part of my life. [Christine pauses, then smiles]
Enrique Claudin
Forgive me, but I have been a part of the Opera for so long. Everybody, everything connected with it, I feel it is so much a part of my life.
Enrique Claudin
[Claudin is talking to Christine as they descend into the catacombs beneath the Opera] See? Didn't I tell you it was beautiful? You didn't know we had a lake all to ourselves, did you? [Christine covers her face and sobs] They've poisoned your mind against me. That's why you're afraid. Look at your lake, Christine. You'll love it here when you get used to the dark. And you'll love the dark, too. It's friendly and peaceful. It brings rest and relief from pain. It's right under the Opera. The music comes down and the darkness distills it, cleanses it of the suffering that made it. Then it's all beauty. And life here is like a resurrection.
Enrique Claudin
See? Didn't I tell you it was beautiful? You didn't know we had a lake all to ourselves, did you? They've poisoned your mind against me. That's why you're afraid. Look at your lake, Christine. You'll love it here when you get used to the dark. And you'll love the dark, too. It's friendly and peaceful. It brings rest and relief from pain. It's right under the Opera. The music comes down and the darkness distills it, cleanses it of the suffering that made it. Then it's all beauty and life here is like a resurrection.
Mr. Dryden
If we've been telling lies, you've been telling half-lies. A man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth. But a man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it.
Rick Blaine
And remember, this gun is pointed right at your heart.
Capt. Louis Renault
That is my "least" vulnerable spot.
Capt. Louis Renault
That is my 'least' vulnerable spot.
Maj. Heinrich Strasser
Are you one of those people who can not imagine the Germans in their beloved Paris?
Rick Blaine
It's not particularly my beloved Paris.
Maj. Heinrich Strasser
Can you image us in London?
Rick Blaine
When you get there ask me!
Capt. Louis Renault
Hmmmh! Diplomats!
Maj. Heinrich Strasser
How about New York?
Rick Blaine
Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to invade.
Capt. Louis Renault
Rick, I'm going to miss you. Apparently, you're the only one in Casablanca with less scruples then I.
Capt. Louis Renault
Round up the usual suspects
Capt. Louis Renault
Round up the usual suspects.
Capt. Louis Renault
The Major's been shot. Round up all the usual suspects.
Rick Blaine
Henri wants us to finish this bottle, then three more. He says he'll water his garden with champagne before he lets the Germans drink any of it.
Capt. Louis Renault
If Rick has the letters, he is much too smart to let us find them there (in the Cafe).
Capt. Louis Renault
If Rick has the letters, he is much too smart to let us find them there. [in the Cafe]
Maj. Heinrich Strasser
You give him credit for too much cleverness. My impression was he's just another blundering American.
Capt. Louis Renault
We mustn't underestimate American blundering. I was with them when they blundered into Berlin in 1918.
Rick Blaine
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world she walks into mine.
Ilsa
Play it Sam, let me hear 'As Time Goes By'.
Sam
[to Illsa] You're no good for him, you're bad luck.
Rick Blaine
They grab Ugarte and she walks in. Well, thats the way it goes, one in one out.
Capt. Louis Renault
Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.
Carl Headwaiter
The second largest? That wouldn't impress Rick. The leading banker in Amsterdam is now the pastry chef in our kitchen.
Capt. Louis Renault
[after Rick pulls a gun on him] Have you lost your mind?
Rick Blaine
I have. Sit down!
Capt. Louis Renault
Put that gun down!
Rick Blaine
I don't want to shoot you, but I will if you take one more step!
Capt. Louis Renault
[With amusement] Under the circumstances I will sit down.
Capt. Louis Renault
I'm shocked that there is gambling in this establishment
Capt. Louis Renault
I'm shocked that there is gambling in this establishment.
Waiter
Sir here are your winnigs
Waiter
Sir here are your winnings.
Capt. Louis Renault
Major Strassar has been shot... Round up the usual suspects!
Rick Blaine
I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Capt. Louis Renault
Waters?! We're in a DESERT!
Rick Blaine
I was misinformed.
Capt. Louis Renault
That, is my least vulnerable spot.
Capt. Louis Renault
That is my least vulnerable spot.
Capt. Louis Renault
That, is my least vulnerable spot.
Capt. Louis Renault
That is my least vulnerable spot.
Capt. Louis Renault
I'm shocked, shocked to find there's gambling in these premises. ( Your winnings Capitaine. ) Thank You.
Capt. Louis Renault
I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! [a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]
Capt. Louis Renault
I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
Senator Holland
Will the senator yield for a question?
Sen. Joseph Paine
Mr. President, will the Senator yield?
Jefferson Smith
No, sir, I will not yield!
President of the Senate
Will the Senator yield?
Jefferson Smith
No, sir, I'm afraid not, no sir.
Capt. Louis Renault
What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick Blaine
My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Capt. Louis Renault
The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.
Rick Blaine
I was misinformed.
Capt. Louis Renault
I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
Emil the Croupier
Your winnings, sir.
Capt. Louis Renault
Oh, thank you very much.
Capt. Louis Renault
Round up the usual suspects.
Capt. Louis Renault
Round up the usual suspects!