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:

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!

The Great Man: [to an Englishman who has a limp in his walk] Whatsa matter? Did you sprain your ankle?
Bitten Englishman: No, no, no. A dog bit, bit me.
The Great Man: Oh.
Bitten Englishman: Yeah, I was playing, uh, croquet and I, and I dropped my mallet. And, uh, a little dachshund ran straight out and uh, and, and grabbed me by the fetlock.
[Bending over to point to his ankle]
The Great Man: Oh.
[Looking BEHIND him in the bent-over position]
The Great Man: Rather fortunate it wasn't a Newfoundland dog that bit you.
Bitten Englishman: Uh, yes, rahther.
The Great Man: Yeah.
Bitten Englishman: I suppose so.

[Rat and Mole have interrupted Toad's rampage with Cyril and the cart]
Rat: Toad, we want to have a talk with you.
Mr. Toad: Oh, a visit? Splendid.
Rat: Toad, this is serious. You've got to give up that horse and cart.
Mr. Toad: [in disbelief] Give up my... Oh, but my dear Ratty, this is my career. Surely, you can't mean it.
Rat: I do mean it. You've got to stop this foolishness.
Mr. Toad: No.
Rat: You must!
Mr. Toad: No, I won't do it!
Rat: Your reckless is behavior is giving us animals a bad name.
Mr. Toad: I won't listen to anything!
[he covers his ears and everything Rat says is softened, but whenever he removes his hands from his ears, Rat speaks louder]
Rat: Your thoughts are becoming a menace to society. If you won't think of yourself, then think of poor old MacBadger. And as for that horse, no good could ever come from galloping about with such a fast and irresponsible beast.
[when he hears this last part, Cyril covers his ears with his ears. Toad laughs]

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