Otto Preminger

  1. Conrad   Veidt, Casablanca, 1941.
  2. Cedric Hardwicke, The Moon Is Down, 1942.      All the major studios fought for John Steinbeck’s praised/vilified novel/play about the Nazi occupation of Norway. (It was, in fact, superb propaganda for anti-Nazi resistance). Fox chief Darryl F Zanuck won because of how he made Steinbeck’s previous book, The Grapes of Wrath. (The then highest price of $300,000 helped, too). There were eight possibilities for Colonel Lanser: Preminger, Fritz Kortner, Charles Laughton, Paul Lukas, Broadway’s Alfred Lunt, George Sanders, Conrad Veidt, Orson Welles.
  3. John Huston, The Bible… In The Beginning, 1966.       Preminger had (easily) persuaded Huston to play an intimidating cardinal in The Cardinal, 1963. Now Huston asked Otto to voice… the serpent in the garden of Eden. Otto passed and Huston played it, himself. Plus Noah, God and the narrator!


 Birth year: 1906Death year: 1986Other name: Casting Calls:  3