Monday, February 28, 2011

Claude Rains... Brook Trout Aficionado?

Actor and brook trout lover Claude Rains
I got my Google key word news alerts today for "brook trout," which usually involve something pretty predictable, like a bit of information from the conservation community working to protect brookies in their native waters, or a fishing report from some impoundment that contains a cookie-cutter population of hatchery char.

But this one was different. It was a detailed movie review of the film "Deception," posted by Jacqueline T. Lynch at Another Old Movie Blog. I couldn't help myself. How could an old Claude Rains movie released in 1946 turn up in a Google search for the term "brook trout?" I clicked through to find out.

Well, as I learned from reading the detailed review of the film, dapper old Claude (you might remember him better from is role in Casablanca opposite Humphrey Bogart--if all of these names and movie titles are completely foreign, it's time to tweak your Netflix subscription, or raid your parents' VHS collection) mutters the line, "A nice brook trout, not too large, from a good stream," when his character is ordering a meal from a waiter.

So, in "Deception," Rains' character professes a love for brook trout (well, indirectly, of course). And in "Casablanca," Mr. Rains' character, the corrupt Captain Reanault, takes one look at at Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman, and says, "I was informed that you were the most beautiful woman ever to visit Casablanca. That was a gross understatement."

At the very least, Mr. Rains chose characters with impeccable taste.

The outcome? I added "Deception" to my Netflix list (Bette Davis was a looker, but she's no Ingrid), and I'm now now following Another Old Movie Blog, hopeful that Jacqueline will be able to uncover more little nuggets about my precious brookies from the hey dey of the silver screen.


  1. Man I love that stuff. Really interesting. I think I need an Ingrid Bergman fix.

  2. Hey, a fun post to read...I liked it! I love old movies. And you found a trout one-liner to boot!

  3. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. You might be interested to know that in the near future I plan to review the classic films: "Gone With the Brook Trout", "Rebel Without a Brook Trout", "Dial B for Brook Trout", and "A Brook Trout Named Desire".

  4. I love it! Thanks Jacqueline... keep up the great work!

  5. I'm always amazed by how many films Rains shows up in, and in how many diverse roles. Captain Renault may be my favorite, but Dreyden in Lawrence of Arabia (his last role, I think) is way up there too.

    Just yesterday I happened to watch Mister Jordon on television, which I'd never seen before. The film is, frankly, so so, but Rains makes it a treat.

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