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Battle of the Worlds (1961)

There are obvious advantages to being a grumpy old man.
Disregard for societal norms, the ability to say “Back in my day…” and of course, senior citizen discounts.

Battle of the Worlds is basically Claude Rains trying to trying to tell the leaders of the world that a massive meteor is heading to earth and will probably kill us all!
They ignore him because he IS a grumpy old man.

Academy Award Nominee Claude Rains chews up more scenery than a rottweiler on a new couch, and the rest of the cast, Italian actors, try valiantly to keep up, but fail, and Rains ends up stealing the whole movie right out from under them!

The Episode

The Links

Claude Rains – iMDB, Wikipedia

Two obituaries on Rains – New York Times, Los Angeles Times

David J. Skal’s wonderful biography “Claude Rains: An Actor’s Voice” on Amazon

Claude Rains house, 2000 Chestnut Lane, Downington, PA on

Den of Geek – “Remembering Claude Rains”

Read about Battle of the Worlds – Wikipedia

Then watch Battle of the Worlds on YouTube (For free!)

The Credits

I am very grateful to be able to use the music and sound effects of so many wonderful creators.
You can find a list of all music used, and all sound effects used, and links, here, on our Credits page.

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