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7w0368 CLAUDE RAINS signed deluxe stage play 7.75x9.75 still 1951 when he was in Darkness at Noon!

Date Sold 3/4/2021
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Autographed Deluxe 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" [20 x 25 cm] Stage Play Still (Learn More)

Claude Rains was born in 1889 in England, and if one were to make a list of the finest actors who made lots of movies but whom never won an Oscar, Rains would surely be near the very top of the list, if not the very top! You probably know of him as "Louis" in Casablanca (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film), or as "Dr. Jaquith" in Now Voyager, or as Nazi "Alexander Sebastian" in Notorious (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film), or for his tons of other great performances, but did you know that his first real acting role was as the title character in "The Invisible Man"? Of that he spent years as an acting teacher in England before he made movies, and that his two best students were young Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud? What an incredible voice, and what an incredible talent! He had many other fine roles, especially during the 1930s and 1940s. Among them are Lawrence of Arabia, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film), The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Kings Row, The Wolf Man, They Won't Forget, Mr. Skeffington (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film), and MANY more! He passed away in 1967 at the age of 77.
Important Added Info: Note that this still has been personally autographed (signed) by Claude Rains! Our consignor purchased a collection of signed photos that were acquired by a man named Fred Owesney. Mr. Owesney went to New York City in the late 1940s and got jobs in the theater, and during that time, he acquired signed photos from a number of the people he worked with. In the early 1950s, he moved back to Steubenville, Ohio, but he stayed in contact through the mail with many of the celebrities he had known in New York City, some of whom went on to significant careers, and he visited New York many times in the 1950s, and he saw shows and many of the celebrities he saw gave him signed photos, and he also acquired some signed photos through the mail. This is one of the photos from Mr. Owesney's collection. He does not have a certificate of authenticity, but we believe the signature is surely authentic. Also note that this stage play still measures 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" [20 x 25 cm]. Finally, note that this is a deluxe still printed on double weight paper stock.

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Condition: very good.
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