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->I am shocked -- ''shocked'' -- to find that gambling is going on in here!
-->-- '''Louis Renault''' (Claude Rains), '''''{{Casablanca}}''''' [[note]]A [[Memes/TVTropes much-loved]] piece of HypocriticalHumour.[[/note]]

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'''William Claude Rains''' was a British character actor (1889-1967) and one of the most significant actors working in films in the middle of the twentieth century. Born in the Camberwell section of London, he overcame the handicaps of a [[BritishAccents Cockney accent]] ''and'' a [[SpeechImpediment lisp]] to become a notable stage actor under the tutelage of the famous actor-manager, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who helped him to pay for elocution lessons. Ironically, his beautiful voice and the flawless diction he had acquired landed him his [[StarMakingRole breakout role]] as the title character of the 1933 film of ''Film/TheInvisibleMan'' -- a film in which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin his face does not appear]] until the closing scene. This part is referenced in a line from the opening number of ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', and in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', where another [[{{Invisibility}} invisible man]] is named for him.

A series of more or less macabre parts followed, such as the murderer John Jasper in the first sound film adaptation of Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/TheMysteryOfEdwinDrood''. Rains's cool, [[DeadpanSnarker sardonic]] delivery made him a natural for [[HollywoodHistory costume]] [[WickedCultured villainy]], and he appeared as the treacherous [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Earl of Hereford]] in the Warner Brothers’ adaptation of MarkTwain’s ''The Prince and the Pauper'', in which rising Warners star ErrolFlynn also appeared as Sir Miles Hendon. Rains and Flynn would appear together again to even better effect in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''; Rains would credit ''Hood'' director Michael Curtiz with teaching him to moderate his [[LargeHam theatrical acting style]] for films.

Later the same year Rains would play the musician Adam Lemp, father of the eponymous ''[[ChickFlick Four Daughters]]'' ― ironically, this now largely forgotten film was one of his most popular, and spawned two sequels and an almost exact copy-cat variant. As Senator Paine, the corrupt “[[IronicNickname Silver Knight]]” in FrankCapra’s ''MrSmithGoesToWashington'', Rains was nominated for his first Best Supporting Actor [[AcademyAward Oscar]]. Three years later he would earn a second nomination for the part of raffish ''[[LesCollaborateurs collaborateur]]'' Louis Renault in Curtiz’s ''{{Casablanca}}''; his delivery of the Epstein brothers’ sparkling dialogue immortalized such lines as “Round up the usual suspects.” He also gets a shocking -- shocking! -- scene of HypocriticalHumour, and the film famously ends with his and HumphreyBogart's [[HeterosexualLifePartners beautiful friendship]]. 1944 brought him his third [[AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination, as the [[HenpeckedHusband long-suffering husband]] of BetteDavis’s [[RichBitch shrewish society matron]] in ''Mr. Skeffington.''

In 1945, Rains was featured in the most expensive British film that had been made up to that time, playing opposite Vivien Leigh in Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw’s ''Caesar and Cleopatra'' under the supervision of Shaw himself; the film was, alas! a notorious bomb. The next year, a better form of ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' under the direction of Creator/AlfredHitchcock brought Rains his fourth and last [[AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination for the difficult part of a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain sympathetic]] post-war [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] conspirator.

In 1957 Rains [[WTHCastingAgency sang and danced]] to the [[PublicDomainSoundtrack music of Edvard Grieg (!)]] in a SoBadItsGood TV musical adaptation of Robert Browning’s poem, ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin''. He made several appearances on television anthology series in that and the following decade, notably on ''AlfredHitchcockPresents''. Rains’s last film appearance was as King Herod in George Stevens’ 1965 [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] epic, ''TheGreatestStoryEverTold''.

!!Some notable films Claude Rains appeared in include:

* ''Film/TheInvisibleMan'', as Griffin, the title character (1933)
* ''Charles Dickens’ Mystery of Edwin Drood'', as John Jasper (1935)
* ''The Prince and the Pauper'', as Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford (1937)
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', as Prince John (1938)
* ''Four Daughters'', as Adam Lemp (a role he would play three more times) (1938)
* ''Juarez'', as Emperor Napoleon III (1939)
* ''MrSmithGoesToWashington'', as Senator Joseph Harrison Paine (1939)
* ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', as Don José Alvarez de Cordoba, the Spanish ambassador (1940)
* ''Film/HereComesMrJordan'', as the eponymous [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angel]] (1941)
* ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'', as Sir John Talbot, the WolfMan’s father (1941)
* ''{{Casablanca}}'', as Captain Louis Renault, the Prefect of Police (1942)
* ''NowVoyager'', as [[TheShrink psychiatrist]] Dr. Jaquith (1942)
* ''Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943'', as Erique Claudin, the Phantom (1943)
* ''MrSkeffington'', as [[MeaningfulName Job]] Skeffington (1944)
* ''Caesar and Cleopatra'', as [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Julius Caesar]] (1945)
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Notorious}}'', as Alexander Sebastian, a South American Nazi (1945)
* ''Angel On My Shoulder'', as Nick, TheDevil (1946)
* ''ThePassionateFriends'', as Howard Justin, a long-suffering husband. (1949)
* ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin'', as the Mayor (1957) (TV)
* ''The Lost World'', as Sir Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's Professor Challenger (1960)
* ''LawrenceOfArabia'', as Mr. Dryden (1962)
* ''TheGreatestStoryEverTold'', as Herod the Great (1965)

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->I am shocked -- ''shocked'' -- to find that gambling is going on in here!
-->-- '''Louis Renault''' (Claude Rains), '''''{{Casablanca}}''''' [[note]]A [[Memes/TVTropes much-loved]] piece of HypocriticalHumour.[[/note]]

%% One quote is sufficient. Please place additional entries on the quotes tab.

'''William Claude Rains''' was a British character actor (1889-1967) and one of the most significant actors working in films in the middle of the twentieth century. Born in the Camberwell section of London, he overcame the handicaps of a [[BritishAccents Cockney accent]] ''and'' a [[SpeechImpediment lisp]] to become a notable stage actor under the tutelage of the famous actor-manager, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who helped him to pay for elocution lessons. Ironically, his beautiful voice and the flawless diction he had acquired landed him his [[StarMakingRole breakout role]] as the title character of the 1933 film of ''Film/TheInvisibleMan'' -- a film in which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin his face does not appear]] until the closing scene. This part is referenced in a line from the opening number of ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', and in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', where another [[{{Invisibility}} invisible man]] is named for him.

A series of more or less macabre parts followed, such as the murderer John Jasper in the first sound film adaptation of Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/TheMysteryOfEdwinDrood''. Rains's cool, [[DeadpanSnarker sardonic]] delivery made him a natural for [[HollywoodHistory costume]] [[WickedCultured villainy]], and he appeared as the treacherous [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Earl of Hereford]] in the Warner Brothers’ adaptation of MarkTwain’s ''The Prince and the Pauper'', in which rising Warners star ErrolFlynn also appeared as Sir Miles Hendon. Rains and Flynn would appear together again to even better effect in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''; Rains would credit ''Hood'' director Michael Curtiz with teaching him to moderate his [[LargeHam theatrical acting style]] for films.

Later the same year Rains would play the musician Adam Lemp, father of the eponymous ''[[ChickFlick Four Daughters]]'' ― ironically, this now largely forgotten film was one of his most popular, and spawned two sequels and an almost exact copy-cat variant. As Senator Paine, the corrupt “[[IronicNickname Silver Knight]]” in FrankCapra’s ''MrSmithGoesToWashington'', Rains was nominated for his first Best Supporting Actor [[AcademyAward Oscar]]. Three years later he would earn a second nomination for the part of raffish ''[[LesCollaborateurs collaborateur]]'' Louis Renault in Curtiz’s ''{{Casablanca}}''; his delivery of the Epstein brothers’ sparkling dialogue immortalized such lines as “Round up the usual suspects.” He also gets a shocking -- shocking! -- scene of HypocriticalHumour, and the film famously ends with his and HumphreyBogart's [[HeterosexualLifePartners beautiful friendship]]. 1944 brought him his third [[AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination, as the [[HenpeckedHusband long-suffering husband]] of BetteDavis’s [[RichBitch shrewish society matron]] in ''Mr. Skeffington.''

In 1945, Rains was featured in the most expensive British film that had been made up to that time, playing opposite Vivien Leigh in Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw’s ''Caesar and Cleopatra'' under the supervision of Shaw himself; the film was, alas! a notorious bomb. The next year, a better form of ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' under the direction of Creator/AlfredHitchcock brought Rains his fourth and last [[AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination for the difficult part of a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain sympathetic]] post-war [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] conspirator.

In 1957 Rains [[WTHCastingAgency sang and danced]] to the [[PublicDomainSoundtrack music of Edvard Grieg (!)]] in a SoBadItsGood TV musical adaptation of Robert Browning’s poem, ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin''. He made several appearances on television anthology series in that and the following decade, notably on ''AlfredHitchcockPresents''. Rains’s last film appearance was as King Herod in George Stevens’ 1965 [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] epic, ''TheGreatestStoryEverTold''.

!!Some notable films Claude Rains appeared in include:

* ''Film/TheInvisibleMan'', as Griffin, the title character (1933)
* ''Charles Dickens’ Mystery of Edwin Drood'', as John Jasper (1935)
* ''The Prince and the Pauper'', as Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford (1937)
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', as Prince John (1938)
* ''Four Daughters'', as Adam Lemp (a role he would play three more times) (1938)
* ''Juarez'', as Emperor Napoleon III (1939)
* ''MrSmithGoesToWashington'', as Senator Joseph Harrison Paine (1939)
* ''Film/TheSeaHawk'', as Don José Alvarez de Cordoba, the Spanish ambassador (1940)
* ''Film/HereComesMrJordan'', as the eponymous [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angel]] (1941)
* ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'', as Sir John Talbot, the WolfMan’s father (1941)
* ''{{Casablanca}}'', as Captain Louis Renault, the Prefect of Police (1942)
* ''NowVoyager'', as [[TheShrink psychiatrist]] Dr. Jaquith (1942)
* ''Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943'', as Erique Claudin, the Phantom (1943)
* ''MrSkeffington'', as [[MeaningfulName Job]] Skeffington (1944)
* ''Caesar and Cleopatra'', as [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Julius Caesar]] (1945)
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Notorious}}'', as Alexander Sebastian, a South American Nazi (1945)
* ''Angel On My Shoulder'', as Nick, TheDevil (1946)
* ''ThePassionateFriends'', as Howard Justin, a long-suffering husband. (1949)
* ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin'', as the Mayor (1957) (TV)
* ''The Lost World'', as Sir Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's Professor Challenger (1960)
* ''LawrenceOfArabia'', as Mr. Dryden (1962)
* ''TheGreatestStoryEverTold'', as Herod the Great (1965)

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20th Jun '13 1:17:47 AM Hadjorim
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->''I am shocked -- ''shocked'' -- to find that gambling is going on in here!''

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->''I ->I am shocked -- ''shocked'' -- to find that gambling is going on in here!''here!
11th Mar '13 5:46:29 PM mlsmithca
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In 1945, Rains was featured in the most expensive British film that had been made up to that time, playing opposite Vivien Leigh in Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw’s ''Caesar and Cleopatra'' under the supervision of Shaw himself; the film was, alas! a notorious bomb. The next year, a better form of ''{{Notorious}}'' under the direction of Creator/AlfredHitchcock brought Rains his fourth and last [[AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination for the difficult part of a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain sympathetic]] post-war [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] conspirator.

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In 1945, Rains was featured in the most expensive British film that had been made up to that time, playing opposite Vivien Leigh in Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw’s ''Caesar and Cleopatra'' under the supervision of Shaw himself; the film was, alas! a notorious bomb. The next year, a better form of ''{{Notorious}}'' ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' under the direction of Creator/AlfredHitchcock brought Rains his fourth and last [[AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination for the difficult part of a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain sympathetic]] post-war [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] conspirator.



* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''{{Notorious}}'', as Alexander Sebastian, a South American Nazi (1945)

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* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''{{Notorious}}'', ''Film/{{Notorious}}'', as Alexander Sebastian, a South American Nazi (1945)
14th Feb '13 8:14:15 AM Balana
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* ''Here Comes Mr. Jordan'', as the eponymous [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angel]] (1941)

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* ''Here Comes Mr. Jordan'', ''Film/HereComesMrJordan'', as the eponymous [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angel]] (1941)
29th Oct '12 12:26:35 PM erforce
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* ''[[PhantomOfTheOpera The Phantom of the Opera]]'', as Erique Claudin, the Phantom (1943)

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* ''[[PhantomOfTheOpera The Phantom of the Opera]]'', ''Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943'', as Erique Claudin, the Phantom (1943)
20th Oct '12 5:46:26 AM erforce
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* ''Film/TheWolfMan'', as Sir John Talbot, the WolfMan’s father (1941)

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* ''Film/TheWolfMan'', ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'', as Sir John Talbot, the WolfMan’s father (1941)
27th Jul '12 9:23:37 PM dsneybuf
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-->-- '''Louis Renault''' (Claude Rains), '''''{{Casablanca}}''''' [[hottip:*: A [[Memes/TVTropes much-loved]] piece of HypocriticalHumour.]]

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-->-- '''Louis Renault''' (Claude Rains), '''''{{Casablanca}}''''' [[hottip:*: A [[note]]A [[Memes/TVTropes much-loved]] piece of HypocriticalHumour.]]
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5th Jul '12 1:59:52 AM FELH2
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In 1945, Rains was featured in the most expensive British film that had been made up to that time, playing opposite Vivien Leigh in Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw’s ''Caesar and Cleopatra'' under the supervision of Shaw himself; the film was, alas! a notorious bomb. The next year, a better form of ''{{Notorious}}'' under the direction of AlfredHitchcock brought Rains his fourth and last [[AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination for the difficult part of a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain sympathetic]] post-war [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] conspirator.

In 1957 Rains [[WTHCastingAgency sang and danced]] to the [[PublicDomainSoundtrack music of Edvard Grieg (!)]] in a [[SoBadItsGood So Bad, It's Good]] TV musical adaptation of Robert Browning’s poem, ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin''. He made several appearances on television anthology series in that and the following decade, notably on ''AlfredHitchcockPresents''. Rains’s last film appearance was as King Herod in George Stevens’ 1965 [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] epic, ''TheGreatestStoryEverTold''.

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In 1945, Rains was featured in the most expensive British film that had been made up to that time, playing opposite Vivien Leigh in Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw’s ''Caesar and Cleopatra'' under the supervision of Shaw himself; the film was, alas! a notorious bomb. The next year, a better form of ''{{Notorious}}'' under the direction of AlfredHitchcock Creator/AlfredHitchcock brought Rains his fourth and last [[AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination for the difficult part of a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain sympathetic]] post-war [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] conspirator.

In 1957 Rains [[WTHCastingAgency sang and danced]] to the [[PublicDomainSoundtrack music of Edvard Grieg (!)]] in a [[SoBadItsGood So Bad, It's Good]] SoBadItsGood TV musical adaptation of Robert Browning’s poem, ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin''. He made several appearances on television anthology series in that and the following decade, notably on ''AlfredHitchcockPresents''. Rains’s last film appearance was as King Herod in George Stevens’ 1965 [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] epic, ''TheGreatestStoryEverTold''.



* AlfredHitchcock's ''{{Notorious}}'', as Alexander Sebastian, a South American Nazi (1945)

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* AlfredHitchcock's Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''{{Notorious}}'', as Alexander Sebastian, a South American Nazi (1945)
21st Jun '12 1:23:18 AM erforce
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* ''TheWolfMan'', as Sir John Talbot, the WolfMan’s father (1941)

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* ''TheWolfMan'', ''Film/TheWolfMan'', as Sir John Talbot, the WolfMan’s father (1941)
20th Jun '12 8:10:44 PM PaulA
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In 1945, Rains was featured in the most expensive British film that had been made up to that time, playing opposite Vivien Leigh in GeorgeBernardShaw’s ''Caesar and Cleopatra'' under the supervision of Shaw himself; the film was, alas! a notorious bomb. The next year, a better form of ''{{Notorious}}'' under the direction of AlfredHitchcock brought Rains his fourth and last [[AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination for the difficult part of a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain sympathetic]] post-war [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] conspirator.

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In 1945, Rains was featured in the most expensive British film that had been made up to that time, playing opposite Vivien Leigh in GeorgeBernardShaw’s Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw’s ''Caesar and Cleopatra'' under the supervision of Shaw himself; the film was, alas! a notorious bomb. The next year, a better form of ''{{Notorious}}'' under the direction of AlfredHitchcock brought Rains his fourth and last [[AcademyAward Oscar]] nomination for the difficult part of a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain sympathetic]] post-war [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] conspirator.
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