Claude Rains: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference to His Work in Film, Stage, Radio, Television and Recordings

Claude Rains: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference to His Work in Film, Stage, Radio, Television and Recordings

by John T. Soister, JoAnna Wioskowski
     
 

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The career of Claude Rains is often, and unfairly, overshadowed by the careers of the ever-popular Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney and Rathbone, but few can dispute that he was truly one of the world's foremost character actors. The Invisible Man, ironically, made him quite the visible star. In his own inimitable way, Rains later became John Jasper (in Mystery of Edwin

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The career of Claude Rains is often, and unfairly, overshadowed by the careers of the ever-popular Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney and Rathbone, but few can dispute that he was truly one of the world's foremost character actors. The Invisible Man, ironically, made him quite the visible star. In his own inimitable way, Rains later became John Jasper (in Mystery of Edwin Drood), Louis Renault (Casablanca), Julius Caesar (Caesar and Cleopatra), and Mr. Dryden (Lawrence of Arabia).

While concentrating on Rains' more than fifty films, this book also comprehensively examines his work in other media: the stage, radio, television and recordings. His only child, Jessica, in the foreword, provides a brief biography of her father. There are many rare photographs.

Editorial Reviews

Classic Images
the only book about the fascinating, scene-stealing actor...informative...Soister presents his views rationally and perceptively...an intelligent book
Little Shoppe of Horrors
wonderfully researched, incredible photos of the films and Rain's life. Rare treat
Public Library Quarterly
valuable...extremely readable
Booknews
Concentrates on Rains' (1889-1967) more than 50 films, but also examines his work in the other media listed. Starts with the 1920 then jumps to in 1933, which was the break that pulled him out of the shadow of other horror stars. His last role was Herod the Great in , which some critics think of the scariest movie of them all. His daughter contributes a foreword. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Midwest Book Review
comprehensive...eighty rare photographs...the definitive guide to Claude Rains' complete body of work as one of the most talented and called upon actors of his day
Video Watchdog
lavishly illustrated with many ultra-rare stills...a loving, well-written, and well-deserved tribute...one of the best film books of the year...essential reading

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786407262
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Edition description:
ILLUSTRATE
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

John T. Soister is a teacher of modern and classical languages, and lives in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania. JoAnna Wioskowski is a teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, and has published articles and art in Big Reel and other magazines.

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