Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00218211: CLAUDE RAINS

Rare and extraordinary vintage 11×14-inch matte-finish black and white portrait by Alfredo Valente for the 1951 Broadway play "Darkness at Noon," his great stage comeback, in which he played Rubashov, boldly signed and inscribed in turquoise fountain pen for his agent, Walter Alford, who once had the piece hanging in his Manhattan office. In fine condition, with heavy mounting remnants on the verso, also affecting the borders; a few small surface chips in the background; and notations in another hand in the bottom border. Great English stage and film actor Claude Rains, so unforgettable in classic films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Casablanca (1942), Now Voyager (1942), Mr. Skeffington (1944), and Notorious (1946), is especially revered by horror buffs for his portrayals of the titular mad scientist in The Invisible Man (1933), John Jasper in Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935), Sir John Talbot in The Wolf Man (1941), and the disfigured Erique— sporting excellent make-up by Jack P. Pierce!— in Arthur Lubin’s 1943 remake of The Phantom of the Opera.