Tag Archives: Otto Kruger
Night Plane from Chungking (1943) Ralph Murphy, Robert Preston, Ellen Drew, Otto Kruger, Action, Drama, Romance, War
Escape in the Fog (1945) Budd Boetticher, Otto Kruger, Nina Foch, William Wright, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
The popular Ivor Novello musical play Glamorous Night was given a conservative film treatment in 1937–minus much of the Novello score that had made it famous. Opera singer Mary Ellis plays an opera singer (why not?) who falls in with a band of roguish but likeable gypsies. Mary manages to convince her Bohemian cohorts to rescue the King from the machinations of his ambitious prime minister. As “cast insurance” to make certain that Glamorous Night would get American bookings, Hollywood character actors Otto Kruger and Victor Jory are given leading roles. The US distributors also sliced the film down from 81 to 65 minutes, through the simple expedient of removing several songs.
Ever in My Heart (1933) Archie Mayo, Barbara Stanwyck, Otto Kruger, Ralph Bellamy, Drama, Romance, War
An espionage drama set in the early 20th century, Ever in My Heart stars Barbara Stanwyck as a New England naif who marries a German citizen (Otto Kruger). In 1915, Stanwyck and her husband suffer a brace of blows: The death of their son, and the sinking of the Lusitania, the latter incident sparking a wave of anti-German sentiment. Hounded out of their small town by the angered citizens, Stanwyck and Kruger move to Europe, where the husband voluntarily leaves his wife to join the Kaiser’s army. In 1917, Stanwyck, working as a canteen volunteer in France, discovers that her once pro-American husband is now a German spy. To save him from a firing squad, she poisons his wine, then kills herself.
Black Eyes / False Rapture (1939) Herbert Brenon, Otto Kruger, Mary Maguire, Walter Rilla, Drama, Romance
An embarrassed headwaiter provides the basis for this classical tale set in pre-war Russia. He conceals his lowly profession from his daughter who eventually discovers the truth. Soon after, the father discovers that his daughter has been having sex with a wealthy businessman in one of the restaurant’s private salons in exchange for the money she needs to buy the restaurant.
Living Dangerously (1936) Herbert Brenon, Otto Kruger, Leonora Corbett, Francis Lister, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Adapted from a long-running play by Reginald Simpson and Frank Gregory, Living Dangerously stars Otto Kruger as Dr. Norton. Though a pillar of virtue and a highly respected member of the community, Norton has a few unfortunate skeletons in his closet and these are exploited by his blackmailing ex-partner Dr. Pryor (Francis Lister). Unable to persuade Pryor to leave him alone, Norton is left with no alternative but to kill the man. Since audience sympathy is firmly in Norton’s corner, one half hopes that he’ll get away with his entirely justifiable crime –-and for a while, it looks like he will! Living Dangerously was one of the last directorial efforts by former spectacle specialist Herbert Brenon.