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Otto Kruger Collection

A pioneer in Method Acting years before there was such a thing as Method Acting, Otto Kruger specialized in playing villains for most of his Hollywood career but was known around town as a very nice person.

32 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 22 hours, 26 min)
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Otto KrugerAny drama coach will tell you that acting is reacting. To understand the character one is playing, the audience needs to see how your character reacts to the other characters on stage. Another "given" is that actors have to be big, their reactions need to be big so that the audience can see them, and they need a big, booming voice which can be heard from every seat in the house.

Otto KrugerDuring the second act of George M. Cohan's 1915 revue Young America, matinee idol William Simpson arched back and resonated "Where is Annie tonight?" Somewhat bored with the overacting shenanigans, Otto Kruger calmly flicked a piece of imaginary lint from his sleeve and calmly replied in a normal speaking voice, "She's outside." Without the reaction he was expecting to react to, Simpson left the script for a moment and bellowed, "What did you say?" Nonplussed, Kruger stuck his hand in his pocket, jingled some change, and calmly repeated, "She's outside." By now, Simpson is lost but he is saved by a commotion in the orchestra pit, George M. Cohan found the bit so funny that he was breaking up in fits of laughter. Kruger let on in an interview in 1964 that "the idea spread – that is, that actors could talk like real people, and all of them began doing it."

No stranger to theatrical innovation, Kruger also has a small claim to "inventing" sound movies. Otto Kruger, a grandnephew to South African political figure Paul Kruger, was born in Toledo, Ohio, 1885. Early on, Otto mastered the piano as well as the cello and violin. In 1905, he was earning his daily bread 'pounding the ivories' in a Toledo nickelodeon house when the theater owner got the idea that the pictures needed more spectacle than just a rinky-dink piano. He had Kruger and another fellow stationed behind the screen and use props to synchronize sound effects with the action. "It worked out very well," Kruger later related, "and we even used our voices for shouts and a few words now and then. I think you could say it was the first 'talking picture'."

Otto moved on to Columbia University in New York but decided to study acting instead of music. After working with Cohan, he made his film debut in the five-reeler A Mother's Confession (1915) and The Runaway Wife (1915). In Hollywood, he built a reputation for playing suave villains who were menacing if not full-blown heavies. He sometimes got the call to play lawyers or businessmen, but usually, they were corrupt or set upon foreclosing on the heroine. "For a while I played sad husbands, then I got nothing but lawyers," he told an interviewer. "Then I was a doctor, and during the war I specialized in Nazis. Lately I've been playing sugar daddies."

Otto KrugerOne of his best-known roles was as a slick Nazi sympathizer in Hitchcock's Saboteur (1941), where he calmly listens to the hero's speech about the American Way before having him knocked out by his butler. In Cover Girl (1944), Kruger is an aging magazine editor who tries to make amends for a past affair by raising a nightclub singer from obscurity, but if he succeeds it means that Rita Hayworth will leave the man she loves. One of his best-played parts came in the poverty-row noir thriller 711 Ocean Drive (1950) with Edmund O'Brien. Kruger plays a mob boss who is forced to drink only milk because of ulcers. In 1952, he is the judge who tries to get Gary Cooper to leave town before it is too late in High Noon.

As a character actor, Kruger never found the commercial success that comes to leading men, and so had to find as much work as possible. In addition to radio appearances, he often appeared on television in the late fifties and through the sixties. He made guest appearances on the science fiction series The Man and the Challenge, as well as the western The Rebel and the legal drama The Law and Mr. Jones. He made annual appearances on Perry Mason from 1961 to 1964, twice as the accused, once as the accused's grandfather, and once as a judge.

Kruger was forced to retire after a series of strokes in the mid-sixties. He passed away at the Motion Picture and Television Country House on September 6, 1974, his 89th birthday. Two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are dedicated honoring Otto Kruger, one at 1757 Vine St for Motion Pictures, and the other at 6303 Hollywood Blvd for Television.

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    32 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 22 hours, 26 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 22 hours 26 minutes
      1. Ft 470904 030 No Man Is Stranger.mp3
      2. Ft 480715 075 Music Of Broken Bell.mp3
      3. Ft 491214 148 Other Wise Man.mp3
      4. Ft 500823 184 20000 Leagues Under Sea.mp3
      5. Ft 510822 233 Seeds Of Promise.mp3
      6. Ft 530603 321 Abalone Boat.mp3
      7. Ft 541215 400 Cobblers Window.mp3
      8. Ft 550309 411 Retiring Mr Hewitt.mp3
      9. Great Scenes From Great Plays 481231 14 You And I.mp3
      10. Keep Em Rolling 420412 Captain From Connecticut.mp3
      11. Lux Radio 370315 124 Desire.mp3
      12. Lux Radio 390313 210 So Big.mp3
      13. Lux Radio 390417 215 Bullets Or Ballots.mp3
      14. Lux Radio 400422 260 Abe Lincoln In Illinois.mp3
      15. Lux Radio 400708 271 To Ladies.mp3
      16. Lux Radio 410113 290 Libel.mp3
      17. Lux Radio 421116 370 To Mary Love.mp3
      18. Lux Radio 430315 387 Libel Repeat.mp3
      19. Lux Radio 430524 397 Hitlers Children.mp3
      20. Lux Radio 440529 441 Old Acquaintance.mp3
      21. Lux Radio 450205 469 Laura.mp3
      22. Lux Radio 450212 470 For Whom Bell Tolls.mp3
      23. Lux Radio 450319 475 Grissleys Millions 1.mp3
      24. Lux Radio 461104 544 Ive Always Loved You.mp3
      25. Radio Readers Digest 461128 039 Like Remember George Saxton.mp3
      26. Radio Readers Digest 470306 053 Petes Thanksgiving.mp3
      27. Screen Mystery Club 450815 When Strangers Marry.mp3
      28. Sgt 450806 257 Little Foxes.mp3
      29. Shell Chateau 350629 Otto Kruger.mp3
      30. Suspense 430909 Marry For Murder.mp3
      31. Suspense 431026 After Dinner Story.mp3
      32. Treasury Star Parade 420000 38 Moon Is Down.mp3
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    32 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 22 hours, 26 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 22 hours 26 minutes
      1. Ft 470904 030 No Man Is Stranger.mp3
      2. Ft 480715 075 Music Of Broken Bell.mp3
      3. Ft 491214 148 Other Wise Man.mp3
      4. Ft 500823 184 20000 Leagues Under Sea.mp3
      5. Ft 510822 233 Seeds Of Promise.mp3
      6. Ft 530603 321 Abalone Boat.mp3
      7. Ft 541215 400 Cobblers Window.mp3
      8. Ft 550309 411 Retiring Mr Hewitt.mp3
      9. Great Scenes From Great Plays 481231 14 You And I.mp3
      10. Keep Em Rolling 420412 Captain From Connecticut.mp3
      11. Lux Radio 370315 124 Desire.mp3
      12. Lux Radio 390313 210 So Big.mp3
      13. Lux Radio 390417 215 Bullets Or Ballots.mp3
      14. Lux Radio 400422 260 Abe Lincoln In Illinois.mp3
      15. Lux Radio 400708 271 To Ladies.mp3
      16. Lux Radio 410113 290 Libel.mp3
      17. Lux Radio 421116 370 To Mary Love.mp3
      18. Lux Radio 430315 387 Libel Repeat.mp3
      19. Lux Radio 430524 397 Hitlers Children.mp3
      20. Lux Radio 440529 441 Old Acquaintance.mp3
      21. Lux Radio 450205 469 Laura.mp3
      22. Lux Radio 450212 470 For Whom Bell Tolls.mp3
      23. Lux Radio 450319 475 Grissleys Millions 1.mp3
      24. Lux Radio 461104 544 Ive Always Loved You.mp3
      25. Radio Readers Digest 461128 039 Like Remember George Saxton.mp3
      26. Radio Readers Digest 470306 053 Petes Thanksgiving.mp3
      27. Screen Mystery Club 450815 When Strangers Marry.mp3
      28. Sgt 450806 257 Little Foxes.mp3
      29. Shell Chateau 350629 Otto Kruger.mp3
      30. Suspense 430909 Marry For Murder.mp3
      31. Suspense 431026 After Dinner Story.mp3
      32. Treasury Star Parade 420000 38 Moon Is Down.mp3
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    32 recordings on 24 Audio CDs
    total playtime 22 hours, 26 min

    Otto Kruger Disc A001

    1. Shell Chateau 350629 Otto Kruger

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    1. Lux Radio 370315 124 Desire

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    1. Lux Radio 390313 210 So Big

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    Otto Kruger Disc A004

    1. Lux Radio 390417 215 Bullets Or Ballots

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    Otto Kruger Disc A005

    1. Lux Radio 400422 260 Abe Lincoln In Illinois

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    Otto Kruger Disc A006

    1. Lux Radio 400708 271 To Ladies

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    Otto Kruger Disc A007

    1. Lux Radio 410113 290 Libel

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    Otto Kruger Disc A008

    1. Treasury Star Parade 420000 38 Moon Is Down
    2. Keep Em Rolling 420412 Captain From Connecticut

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    Otto Kruger Disc A009

    1. Lux Radio 421116 370 To Mary Love

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    Otto Kruger Disc A010

    1. Lux Radio 430315 387 Libel Repeat

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    Otto Kruger Disc A011

    1. Lux Radio 430524 397 Hitlers Children

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    Otto Kruger Disc A012

    1. Suspense 430909 Marry For Murder
    2. Suspense 431026 After Dinner Story

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    Otto Kruger Disc A013

    1. Lux Radio 440529 441 Old Acquaintance

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    Otto Kruger Disc A014

    1. Lux Radio 450205 469 Laura

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    Otto Kruger Disc A015

    1. Lux Radio 450212 470 For Whom Bell Tolls

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    Otto Kruger Disc A016

    1. Lux Radio 450319 475 Grissleys Millions 1

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    Otto Kruger Disc A017

    1. Sgt 450806 257 Little Foxes
    2. Screen Mystery Club 450815 When Strangers Marry

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    Otto Kruger Disc A018

    1. Lux Radio 461104 544 Ive Always Loved You

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    Otto Kruger Disc A019

    1. Radio Readers Digest 461128 039 Like Remember George Saxton
    2. Radio Readers Digest 470306 053 Petes Thanksgiving

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    Otto Kruger Disc A020

    1. Ft 470904 030 No Man Is Stranger
    2. Ft 480715 075 Music Of Broken Bell

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    Otto Kruger Disc A021

    1. Great Scenes From Great Plays 481231 14 You And I
    2. Ft 491214 148 Other Wise Man

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    Otto Kruger Disc A022

    1. Ft 500823 184 20000 Leagues Under Sea
    2. Ft 510822 233 Seeds Of Promise

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    Otto Kruger Disc A023

    1. Ft 530603 321 Abalone Boat
    2. Ft 541215 400 Cobblers Window

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    Otto Kruger Disc A024

    1. Ft 550309 411 Retiring Mr Hewitt

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