“I had hoped to escape being typed, which is the bane of every screen player, and I certainly don’t want to make my fans hate me. When you undertake to create a characterization you tie it in with a definite mood and your very success may be your undoing.” — Basil Rathbone.
Source: Maude Cheatham (1936)
Photo: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Artist: W. Stancil. Date: Circa 1930. Oil pastel, 16″ x 19″ illustration board. Signed and inscribed by Rathbone to the twin sons of Lawrence Tibbett: Larry and Richard.
A Night of Terror (1937), also known as Love From a Stranger. With Ann Harding.
“I’m through with horror and villainy. A man has only so many villains in him, and I’ve played all mine.” – Basil Rathbone in 1939.
Source: Sheilah Graham
Photo: Son of Frankenstein (1939)
“Most Hollywood players don’t like having their pictures taken by amateurs. I shoot a lot of 16-mm movies and I find that professional actors, even around their own homes, still have to be directed. The women are cleverer: they generally can think of something to do, and they know better how to pose.” – Basil Rathbone in 1939.
Source: Columnist Paul Harrison
Pictured: With Jane Bryan.
“When you become the character you portray, it’s the end of your career as an actor.” — Basil Rathbone
Brian Aherne, Greer Garson, Joan Fontaine and Basil Rathbone in 1944.
Famous Monsters Magazine from 1962. On the cover is Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, and Vincent Price.