Claud Allister Overview:

Character actor, Claud Allister, was born William Claud Michel Palmer on Oct 3, 1888 in London, England. Allister appeared in over 80 film and TV roles. His best known films include Bulldog Drummond, Bulldog Drummond at Bay, The Return of Bulldog Drummond (as Algy Longworth), The Private Life of Henry VIII (as Cornell), Kiss Me Kate (as Paul) and Platinum Blonde (as Dawson, the Valet). Allister died at the age of 81 on Jul 26, 1970 in Santa Barbara, CA .


Monocled, long-nosed and weak-chinned, Claud Allister had large eyes and an asinine smile that showed off his big teeth. His upper-class voice was well in keeping with the 'silly ass' nature of the characters he played, and he remained in demand on both sides of the Atlantic until his retirement in 1955. A former clerk who swapped the Stock Exchange for the stage, he went on to make a splendidly well-cast Algy in several Bulldog Drummond films.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Claud Allister Quotes:

Sir Giles: Radish so red / Radish so red / Plucked from the heart of your warm little bed / Sprinkle some salt on the top of your head /
[eats radish]
Sir Giles: Delicious.

Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond: I've been bored too long. I can't stand it any more. I'm too rich to work, too intelligent to play (much); I tell you, if something doesn't happen within the next few days, I'll explode.
Algy Longworth: I don't know what to suggest, dear old boy, unless you advertised... and you, you can't very well do that, can you?
Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond: I don't know, I might. I rather think that's an inspiration, Algy, by Jove I do! I didn't know you had it in you. Say, barman, give me a piece of paper and a pencil. Now, let's see: "To the Editor, Personal Column, The Times, London. Demobilized officer, finding peace unbearably tedious..."
Algy Longworth: Dear old boy, you're not serious!
[Dissolve to the printed ad, which continues: "... would welcome any excitement. Legitimate, if possible, but crime of humorous description, no objection."]

Mr. Toad: A motorcar! Gad... what have I been missing?
[Toad, having just seen a motorcar go by him, is so enraptured by it that he starts making noises and moving around like a car]
Mole: Ratty! It isn't. He hasn't!
Rat: It is, and he has it: a new mania. Motor mania!

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