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Detmar Poppen (1879–1955)

Although forgotten today, Detmar Poppen was a very active stage actor (see "other works"), appearing on Broadway since 1906. His final stage role was in the hit, "Revenge with Music" starring the fascinating (and scandalous) torch singer Libby Holman. He was signed on a per film contract basis to First National (Warner Brothers) in mid-1933, first... See full bio »


(age 75) in New York, USA

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Known For

The Flame Song Henry's Valet
Sax Appeal Actor
The Great Library Misery Library Manager


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 1938 The Great Library Misery (Short)
Library Manager
 1938 Sin-copation (Short)
 1935 The Officer's Mess (Short)
Major Bedd
 1934 The Flame Song (Short)
Henry's Valet
 1933 Tomalio (Short) (uncredited)
 1931 The Silent Partner (Short)
 1931 Sax Appeal (Short)

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Other Works:

Stage Play: Revenge With Music. Musical. Book by Howard Dietz. Lyrics by Howard Dietz. Music by Arthur Schwartz. A variation on the old Spanish folk tale "El Sombrero de Tres Picos" by Pedro A. de Alarcon. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical Director: Victor Baravalle. Conducted by Max Meth. General Stage Manager: E.B. '... See more »

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Was hired to play "Popeye" by NBC for the Wheatena hot cereal-sponsored Popeye Radio Show which ran from 1935-1937. Poppen performed in 126 of the show's 204 episodes. At NBC, they followed Amos & Andy, which gave it a tremendous lead-in audience. Poppen's vocalization of Popeye was vastly different than the better known cartoon version and widely criticized and was replaced in 1936 when it was ... See more »

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