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

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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).

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Overview

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.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786407262
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword 1
Introduction 5
Biography 9
Build Thy House (1920) 25
The Invisible Man (1933) 27
Crime Without Passion (1934) 30
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934) 33
Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) 36
The Clairvoyant (1935) 39
The Last Outpost (1935) 42
Hearts Divided (1936) 45
Anthony Adverse (1936) 48
Stolen Holiday (1937) 53
The Prince and the Pauper (1937) 56
They Won't Forget (1937) 59
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) 62
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 65
White Banners (1938) 68
Four Daughters (1938) 71
They Made Me a Criminal (1939) 74
Sons of Liberty (1939) 76
Juarez (1939) 79
Daughters Courageous (1939) 84
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 86
Four Wives (1939) 90
Saturday's Children (1940) 91
The Sea Hawk (1940) 95
Lady with Red Hair (1940) 98
Four Mothers (1941) 102
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) 105
The Wolf Man (1941) 107
King's Row (1942) 111
Moontide (1942) 115
Now, Voyager (1942) 117
Casablanca (1943) 121
Forever and a Day (1943) 124
Phantom of the Opera (1943) 127
Passage to Marseilles (1944) 131
Mr. Skeffington (1944) 134
Strange Holiday (1945) 138
This Love of Ours (1945) 142
Caesar and Cleopatra (1946) 145
Notorious (1946) 149
Angel on My Shoulder (1946) 153
Deception (1946) 156
The Unsuspected (1947) 160
The Passionate Friends (U.S.: One Woman's Story) (1949) 162
Rope of Sand (1949) 166
Song of Surrender (1949) 169
The White Tower (1950) 173
Where Danger Lives (1950) 175
Sealed Cargo (1951) 178
The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (U.S.: The Paris Express) (1953) 179
Lisbon (1956) 183
This Earth Is Mine (1959) 186
The Lost World (1960) 189
Battle of the Worlds (Italy: Il Pianeta degli Uomini Spenti) (1960/63) 192
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 195
Twilight of Honor (1963) 198
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) 200
Theater and Concerts 205
Radio 225
Television 233
Recordings 243
Afterthoughts 247
Endnotes 251
Bibliography 253
Index 257
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