Connect with us


Five of the Best Claude Rains Movies



Claude Rains had a high reputation as a stage actor when, in his mid-forties, he made the oddest of all film debuts. James Whale cast him as The Invisible Man. So this fine actor, renowned for his mobile and expressive features, played his first major film part in bandages or invisible.

The voice – rich, vibrant and sardonic did all the work. For the next thirty-odd years Rains played leads and character parts, and for the first half of that period he was scarcely in a bad film.

He played many sympathetic parts (the father in Four Daughters, the psychiatrist in Now Voyager) and many villains – but even they were sympathetic. “I’m only a poor corrupt official” says Rains’ police chief in Casablanca, but the smile and the twinkle with which he says it make one forget the corruption in admiration of the man. Here though is our pick of five of his best movies.

The Invisible Man (1933)
In this classic Universal horror film based on the H. G. Wells novella, Rains (in his debut, a role that monster master Boris Karloff turned down) plays a mad scientist whose formula for invisibility wreaks havoc on his mind, and he begins to lust for power. Directed by one of Hollywood’s most distinctive stylists, James Whale (Frankenstein), it co-stars Gloria Stuart long before her Academy Award nominated role in Titanic.
Director: James Whale
Cast: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Holmes Herbert, Una O’Connor, Henry Travers


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Capra’s enduring favorite has James Stewart as the idealistic, yet naive, politician sent to Washington as junior senator who runs afoul of the political corruption in his state. Capra favorite Arthur plays his cynical secretary and Rains the powerful senior senator who expects Smith to be nothing more than a rubber stamp. As with the best of Capra’s films, the sentiment and moralizing are kept in check by wonderful acting and genuine emotion. Based on Lewis R. Foster’s novel The Gentleman from Montana. Academy Award Nominations: 11, including Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor: James Stewart; Best Supporting Actor: Harry Carey.
Director: Frank Capra
Cast: James Stewart, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Jean Arthur, Beulah Bondi, Harry Carey, Thomas Mitchell, H. B. Warner

Now, Voyager (1942)
“Now, Voyager, sail forth to seek and find.” Rains is a psychiatrist who quotes this line from Walt Whitman to inspire the repressed Bette Davis. Soon, the shy, sheltered spinster is brought out of her shell and falls in love with handsome, suave Henreid, though she knows he will never leave his wife. Through years of trials, their love endures and she becomes a surrogate mother to Henreid’s daughter (Wilson). The quintessential Hollywood tearjerker, with a lush Steiner score. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actress: Bette Davis; Best Supporting Actress: Gladys Cooper.
Director: Irving Rapper
Cast: Ilka Chase, Gladys Cooper, Bette Davis, Bonita Granville, Paul Henreid, John Loder, Lee Patrick, Claude Rains

Mr. Skeffington (1944)
This popular Warner melodrama has Bette Davis as a society beauty who marries to prevent her brother from being arrested for embezzlement. She never forgives Rains, her banker husband, and they divorce. When their daughter flees her and she contracts a withering case of diphtheria, Davis learns that Rains has survived a concentration camp and is blind and poor. The one time beauty returns to the one time rich man. A strong script and two star performances, which garnered Academy Award nominations. Davis and Rains starred opposite each other four times in seven years (1939—1946). This was their third film together after Juarez (1939) and Now, Voyager (1942) they would also star together in Deception (1946). Franz Waxman’s score was called by one critic “the best [Richard] Strauss score not written by Strauss.” The score features some unusual early electronic instruments including an electric violin and a novachord. Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress: Bette Davis; Best Supporting Actor: Claude Rains.
Director: Vincent Sherman
Cast: Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel, John Alexander, George Coulouris, Jerome Cowan,

Caesar and Cleopatra (1946)
An extravagant, big-budget adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s epic depicting the political and personal lives of Roman Emperor Caesar and Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. Caesar comes to Alexandria to quell a civil war and falls in love with the young and inexperienced Cleopatra, who is dominated by an evil servant and her conniving brother Ptolemy. Caesar teaches her to be a leader and unleashes his army against the devious Ptolemy.
Director: Gabriel Pascal
Cast: Claude Rains, Stewart Granger, Vivien Leigh, Raymond Lovell, Cecil Parker, Flora Robson, Francis L. Sullivan, Basil Sydney, Ernest Thesiger


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey The Real Housewives of New Jersey
News10 mins ago

The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Shore-Ing Up Sides (Bravo, Sunday, May 19, 2024)

The Real Housewives of New Jersey continues with its dramatic fourteenth season, and in this upcoming episode, titled “Shore-Ing Up...

The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper
News12 mins ago

The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper: The Last Alzheimer’s Patient (CNN, Sunday, May 19, 2024)

The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper, a CNN news program, presents its latest episode, “The Last Alzheimer’s Patient,” airing on...

When Calls The Heart When Calls The Heart
News12 mins ago

When Calls the Heart: Facing the Music (Hallmark Channel, Sunday, May 19, 2024)

When Calls the Heart continues its 11th season with the seventh episode, airing on the Hallmark Channel on Sunday, May...

How It Really Happened How It Really Happened
News13 mins ago

How It Really Happened: Gardner Art Heist: Stealing Beauty (CNN, Sunday, May 19, 2024)

An intriguing true crime story unfolds in the upcoming episode of How It Really Happened, airing on CNN on Sunday,...

The Mega Brands That Built America The Mega Brands That Built America
News25 mins ago

The Mega-Brands That Built America: Suite Dreams: Birth of the Modern Hotel (History, Sunday, May 19, 2024)

The Mega-Brands That Built America, a documentary series, returns with its second season and the new episode “Suite Dreams: Birth...

WWE Rivals WWE Rivals
News26 mins ago

Biography: WWE Legends: Stone Cold Steve Austin (A&E, Sunday, May 19, 2024)

The A&E Network presents a brand new episode of Biography: WWE Legends, titled “Stone Cold Steve Austin.” The episode airs...

CSI: Vegas CSI: Vegas
News28 mins ago

CSI: Vegas: Tunnel Vision (CBS, Sunday, May 19, 2024)

An impending crisis unfolds in the new episode of CSI: Vegas, titled “Tunnel Vision,” airing on CBS on Sunday, May...

Milf Manor 2 Milf Manor 2
News28 mins ago

MILF Manor 2: MILF’s Just Not That Into You (TLC, Sunday, May 19, 2024)

A brand new episode of MILF Manor is coming to TLC on Sunday, May 19, 2024. The episode is titled...

Coronation Street Coronation Street
News19 hours ago

Coronation Street reveals who attacked Nathan Curtis and it’s not who you think

It wasn’t Daniel or David who beat up evil Nathan Curtis – it was Gary Windass! The truth was revealed...

The Only Way is Essex The Only Way is Essex
News1 day ago

The Only Way Is Essex: Season 32 Episode 9 (ITVBe, May 19, 2024)

The group dynamic takes an intriguing turn in the latest episode of The Only Way Is Essex, airing on ITVBe...

News1 day ago

RHS Chelsea Flower Show: RHS Countdown to Chelsea (BBC One, Sunday 19 May 2024)

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 2024 is previewed in this special episode of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, hosted...

National Geographic Logo National Geographic Logo
News1 day ago

Europe’s Wild Places: Winter’s Grip (Nat Geo Wild UK, 19 May, 2024)

The documentary series Europe’s Wild Places makes its debut with the episode “Winter’s Grip,” offering viewers an insight into Europe’s...

999: On The Front Line 999: On The Front Line
News1 day ago

999: On the Front Line: Season 11 Episode 3 (More4, 19 May, 2024)

Documentary series 999: On the Front Line returns with Season 11 Episode 3, airing on More4. This episode offers another...

Match of the Day Match of the Day
News1 day ago

Match of the Day: 19/05/2024 (BBC One, Sunday, 19 May 2024)

A bumper edition of Match of the Day airs this Sunday, May 19, 2024, on BBC One. Gary Lineker presents,...

Saturday Kitchen Saturday Kitchen
News1 day ago

Saturday Kitchen: Eddie Izzard, Jack Stein, Sabrina Ghayour (BBC One, May 18, 2024)

Donal Skehan hosts a brand new episode of Saturday Kitchen, welcoming chefs Jack Stein and Sabrina Ghayour to the studio,...

Spy/Master Spy/Master
News1 day ago

Spy/Master: The Trojan Horse (BBC Four, Saturday 18 May 2024)

In the sixth and final episode of Spy/Master’s first series, titled “The Trojan Horse,” the story reaches its climax as...