Oscar Potoker

Oscar Potoker (born Vinnitsa April 26, 1880, date and place of death uncertain) was a musician and film composer. In Russia, Potoker composed chamber works based on Jewish folk music. Potoker immigrated from Russia to Paris, France, where he lived, and then from Cherbourg to the US, March 5, 1924, aboard the Berengaria. Potoker composed movie scores from 1929–1935, among them Blonde Venus with Marlene Dietrich, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu, Trailing the Killer, and The Vagabond King (1930 film). He also trained piano students in theory and harmony. Potoker was riding in an automobile film composer Josiah Zuro was driving, October 18, 1930, when the car overturned on Torrey Pines Road, north of San Diego. Zuro, age 42, died in an ambulance on his way to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Potoker was hospitalized seriously injured but recovered. Zuro and Potoker had both lived in the same building, 8439 Sunset Blvd, Hacienda Arms Apartments, according to the 1930 US census.


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