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Phil Kramer

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Phil Kramer was a New York-based actor who moved between radio and motion pictures during the 1930s, before settling into television roles after World War II. Billed for a time during the 1930s as "Butch Smutch," he usually played comedic working-class roles, sometimes with a trace of irony in his delivery; his high voice and New York accent made him ideal for clever or shady roles or, on occasion, comically innocent parts. On radio during the 1930s, he worked with Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, and Edward G. Robinson, with whom he performed on the series Big Town. He turned up briefly in Hollywood in 1935 and made appearances in Raymond K. Johnson's Poverty Row thriller Suicide Squad and, uncredited, in Mitchell Leisen's comedy Hands Across the Table, but most of his activity during that decade was confined to radio. He made one uncredited appearance in Blondie Goes Latin (1941), and in 1945 participated with Arthur Hunnicutt and Robert Ober in a pioneering television broadcast of the play You Can't Take It With You. Kramer participated with Jesse White and other New York-based contemporaries (including a young Nancy Malone) in several experimental broadcasts in the early days of television. His subsequent work was confined exclusively to New York-based anthology shows such as Kraft Television Theater.



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