Turner Classic Movies pays tribute to classic star Claude Rains with a full day of films on Sunday, August 5, 2012. The celebration of the four-time Oscar nominee is part of this year’s TCM Summer Under the Stars schedule. Rains, an English-born actor best remembered for his role in “Casablanca” (1942), played supporting roles in many of the most successful and memorable films of the studio era, and the Sunday lineup highlights some of Rains’ best performances.
The early morning schedule starts with “Gold is Where You Find It” (1938) at 6 a.m. Eastern, followed by “They Won’t Forget” (1937) at 7:45 a.m. Rains then plays the patriarch to a family of girls in a trilogy of films, with “Four Daughters” (1938) at 9:30 a.m., “Four Wives” (1939) at 11 a.m., and “Four Mothers” (1941) at 1 p.m.
The afternoon lineup features “Kings Row” (1942) at 2 p.m. and the Bette Davis melodrama, “Now, Voyager” (1942), at 4:45 p.m. The classic Universal horror film, “The Wolf Man” (1941), follows at 6:45 p.m., with Rains playing the father of lycanthropy victim Lon Chaney, Jr.
In the prime time slot at 8 p.m. is James Whale’s 1933 horror masterpiece, “The Invisible Man,” with Rains providing a breakout performance as the voice of the unseen title character. Rains reunites with Bette Davis for more melodrama in “Mr. Skeffington” (1944) at 9:30 p.m.
The noir mystery, “The Unsuspected” (1947), takes viewers into the late night hours at 12:15 a.m. Rains then takes the role of the callow Prince John in the Errol Flynn swashbuckler, “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938), which airs at 2:15 a.m. TCM concludes the Rains series with a late career performance in “Twilight of Honor” (1963) at 4:15 a.m.
Summer Under the Stars continues throughout August, with each day showcasing a different classic movie actor or actress. Other upcoming stars of the day include Van Heflin on August 6, Sidney Poitier on August 7, and Rita Hayworth on August 8. Check the official TCM website for more information about the month’s schedule.
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