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The Phantom & Claude Rains


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Claude's agent got him this role. And Claude was not thrilled about it. He was nervous about being typecast as another Universal monster. That particular issue plagued him since the Invisible Man. He didn't want monster makeup applied to his face for the Phantom role. Bud Westmore is credited for the feline blue phantom mask. Uncle Claude studied the manuevers of piano playing as well as the violin so he would look like he was actually playing the instruments. What a guy.

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Claude's agent got him this role. And Claude was not thrilled about it. He was nervous about being typecast as another Universal monster. That particular issue plagued him since the Invisible Man. He didn't want monster makeup applied to his face for the Phantom role. Bud Westmore is credited for the feline blue phantom mask. Uncle Claude studied the manuevers of piano playing as well as the violin so he would look like he was actually playing the instruments. What a guy.

 

Well history now tells us that Claude had nothing to worry about.   While he was such a great and versatile actor not wishing to be typecast is a legit concern.    

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