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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[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!
Mole: Ratty, is isn't... he hasn't...
Rat: It is, and he has. A new mania: motor mania.
Sir Giles: Uh, the time has come, you know.
The Dragon: [clapping excitedly] You mean... I die now?
Sir Giles: Oh yes indeed. As per-agreed, we'll seal our pact, old thing.
[placing the lance under the Dragon's arm]
Sir Giles: Take that!
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