An Old Friend is Never an Added Guest. Please Join Us for The Third Annual Claude Rains Blogathon!

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God felt sorry for actors, so he gave them a place in the sun and a lot of money. All they had to sacrifice was their talent. – Claude Rains

How many people can be Napoleon, Julius Caesar, Prince John, an angel, Satan, a US senator, a Spanish Don, a British earl, a colonel, a phantom, and an invisible man all in one lifetime? Claude Rains achieved that distinction during his vast, incomparable film career, which spanned over three decades. Although this great actor was born in England, he found stardom in Hollywood in 1933, at age forty-four. For the third year in a row, the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society is honoring Claude Rains’s life and work in memory of his birthday; he would have been 131 this year!

The blogathon’s dates this year are November 9-11, coinciding with his actual birthday, which is November 10. This it the third time we have hosted this celebration of the great “Willy Wains.” Since both previous years have been so successful, we decided to continue this party for the third year, making this our only annual blogathon other than The Great Breening Blogathon. Like the first year, we hosted this, the dates coincide with Veterans Day, an appropriate coincidence, since Mr. Rains was a World War I veteran. Thus, this blogathon is also our tribute to the generation of actors and filmmakers who fought in the Great War.

The Rules:

  1. We are putting no limitations on duplicates. Although Mr. Rains did make a great many films in his long career, there are a certain few that are especially beloved and famous, and I’m sure several people will want to review them.
  2. Although Mr. Rains did quite a lot of work in the media of stage, radio, and television, we are limiting the blogathon to his film career, since PEPS predominately celebrates the cinema during the Golden Era. You can also write about his personal life, albeit respectfully.
  3. Because PEPS’s main goal is to celebrate and spread the word about the Code and the marvelous films it produced, we ask that you please keep all articles Code-compliant, even when discussing a film which is not.

Here are the banners for the Third Annual Claude Rains Blogathon! Please put at least one in your article and use them to advertise the blogathon on your website!

This banner features a shot from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939); in this scene, Senator Joseph Payne (Claude Rains) feels guilty for what he has done to young Jeff Smith (James Stewart).

This banner features a shot from Angel on My Shoulder (1946); in this scene, Nick (Claude Rains) tells a revitalized gangster (Paul Muni) what it means to make a deal with the Devil.

This banner features a shot from Notorious (1946); this is the scene when Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains) and his wife, Alicia (Ingrid Bergman), host a party.

This banner features a shot from The Unsuspected (1947); even wearing glasses, Victor Grandison (Claude Rains), a radio mystery host, looks suave.

This banner features a shot from The Man Who Watched Trains Go By, also known as The Paris Express (1952); as Kees Popinga, Claude Rains played a complex character who does much more than watch trains.

Roster of Participants

  1. Rebekah Brannan of the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – To Be Announced
  2. Tiffany Brannan of the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – Four Daughters (1938)
  3. Erica D. of Poppity Talks Classic FilmSealed Cargo (1951)
  4. Kristen Winiarski of KN Winiarski WritesNotorious (1946)
  5. Rebecca Deniston of Taking Up RoomPassage to Marseilles (1944)
  6. Crystal Kalyana Pacey of In the Good Old Days of Classic HollywoodThe Unsuspected (1947)
  7. MovieCritic of Movies Meet Their MatchLawrence of Arabia (1962)
  8. Virginie Pronovost of The Wonderful World of CinemaWhere Danger Lives (1950)
  9. Carissa (The Regency Woman) of Musings of an Introvert – The Passionate Friends (1949)
  10. Sally Silverscreen of 18 Cinema LaneAngel on My Shoulder (1946)
  11. Patricia Nolan Hall of Caftan WomanAlfred Hitchcock Presents: The Diamond Necklace (1959)
  12. Kayla of Whimsically ClassicThe Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  13. Ruth of Silver ScreeningsDeception (1949)
  14. Megan Chappie of The Pen and the Cross – To Be Announced
  15. Kevin Maher of Top Ten Film ListsThe Invisible Man (1933)
  16. Rob of MovieRobParis Express (1952), Sealed Cargo (1951), and Forever and a Day (1943)

Please help us to make this blogathon a success by joining and displaying one of our banners on your website to advertise it! Also, don’t forget to join and advertise the 4th Annual Great Breening Blogathon, which is coming up soon, on October 12-14!

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32 thoughts on “An Old Friend is Never an Added Guest. Please Join Us for The Third Annual Claude Rains Blogathon!

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  3. Tiffany,

    Thanks for the kind words on my piece about A Face in the Crowd! I would love to join the Claude Rains blogathon & would love to write about The Invisible Man, if that’s still available.



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  4. How could I resist this? I would love to write an article for this blogathon once more, although I’m not sure which movie I’ll be writing on! I’d love to revisit Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, as it’s been many years since I’ve watched it, but we’ll see if that materializes or not. 🙂

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    • Dear Kayla,

      I put you on the roster for both blogathons. Thank you so much for joining! “White Christmas” is my family’s favorite Christmas film, and “Robin Hood” contains a truly rare performance from Claude Rains. I can’t wait to read your reviews!

      Yours Hopefully,

      Tiffany Brannan


  5. Hello Tiffany! Thanks for inviting me to join your blogathon! I will be reviewing ‘Angel on my Shoulder’, as I’m curious to see how the Breen Code dealt with the subject of the afterlife and the story, to an extent, reminds me of ‘All Dogs Go To Heaven’.

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  6. Hello, Tiffany!
    I just saw your comment on my blog letting me know about this. I had forgotten that Claude Rains was in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) until I was looking through his filmography, and I’ve been meaning to review that one for awhile, so put me down for that! Thanks!

    MovieCritic | Movies Meet Their Match

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  7. Hi Tiffany.

    I’m glad your bringing Claude back. He’s a huge favorite. Can you put me down for “The Unsuspected” ( 1947 ) please??

    My blog: In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood.

    By the way, I’m not sure if you seen the announcement, but I’m hosting my annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon for the sixth consecutive year, and I’d love to invite you to participate. Here is the link.

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    • Dear Crystal,

      That’s wonderful! I’ll put you down for that. I’m so glad you’re joining.

      You invited me to your Barrymore Blogathon, and I wanted to join then. I haven’t been able to think of a topic yet. I’ll do some research on IMDb and let you know very soon about my topic. You can put me down as To Be Announced for now.

      Yours Hopefully,

      Tiffany Brannan


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