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      Dick Powell

      Dick Powell

      Highest Rated: 100% Footlight Parade (1933)

      Lowest Rated: 33% Johnny O'Clock (1947)

      Birthday: Nov 14, 1904

      Birthplace: Mountain View, Arkansas, USA

      A romantic singing lead in a number of musicals throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Dick Powell traded in his tenor voice and good guy image to take on a more hard-boiled persona following a career-transforming performance as Phillip Marlowe in the classic film noir "Murder, My Sweet" (1944). Prior to that film, Powell was a bankable star in several big screen extravaganzas like "Footlight Parade" (1933), "42nd Street" (1933) and "Dames (1934). Having worked many times with famed choreographer-director Busby Berkeley, the actor cemented his place as a go-to leading man in lighthearted musical comedies, along the way forming notable onscreen pairings with Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell, the latter of whom he married in 1936. Despite his success in films like "Happiness Ahead" (1934), "Broadway Gondolier" (1935) and "Hollywood Hotel" (1937), Powell craved the opportunity to branch out into other roles. Preston Sturges gave him the lead in the Capra-esque screwball comedy "Christmas in July" (1940), but the actor remained unsatisfied. After unsuccessfully lobbying for the lead in "Double Indemnity" (1944), he landed the Marlowe role in "Murder, My Sweet" and propelled his career in an entirely new direction with bleak noirs like "Cornered" (1945), "Johnny O'Clock" (1947), "Pitfall" (1948) and "Cry Danger" (1951). Powell turned to directing in the mid-1950s, but found greater success as the president of Four Star Television. Though his life ended prematurely, Powell radically transformed his career through a combination of talent and sheer will.

      Highest rated movies

      100% The Tall Target
      100% Pitfall
      100% Thanks a Million
      100% Gold Diggers of 1935
      100% Flirtation Walk
      100% Gold Diggers of 1933
      100% Footlight Parade
      96% 42nd Street

      Photos

      CHRISTMAS IN JULY, Ellen Drew, Dick Powell, 1940 MURDER, MY SWEET, Dick Powell, 1944 MURDER, MY SWEET, Claire Trevor, Dick Powell, 1944 SUSAN SLEPT HERE, from left, Debbie Reynolds, Dick Powell, 1954 STAR SPANGLED RHYTHM, top left from left: Dorothy Lamour, Bing Crosby, bottom left from left: Alan Ladd, MacDonald Carey, center from left: Betty Hutton, Bob Hope, top right from left: Dick Powell, Mary Martin, botton right from left: Cecil B. DeMille, Bet CORNERED, Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, 1945 STAGE STRUCK, Frank McHugh, Dick Powell, 1936 CORNERED, Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, 1945 THE SINGING MARINE, Dick Powell, 1937 ON THE AVENUE, Dick Powell, 1937, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved WONDER BAR, Dick Powell, 1934 THE SINGING MARINE, Doris Weston, Dick Powell, 1937 ON THE AVENUE, Dick Powell, 1937, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved SHIPMATES FOREVER, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, 1935 CORNERED, Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, 1945 42ND STREET, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, 1933 SHIPMATES FOREVER, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, 1935 MEET THE PEOPLE, Lucille Ball, Dick Powell, 1944 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Olivia de Havilland, Dick Powell, 1935. 42ND STREET, Dick Powell, Bebe Daniels, 1933

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Abbott & Costello: Funniest Routines Volume 1 Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Busby Berkeley - The Busby Berkeley Disc Unknown (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 41% The Hunters Director - 1958
      86% 88% The Enemy Below Director,
      Producer
      - 1957
      No Score Yet 10% The Conqueror Director,
      Producer
      - 1956
      No Score Yet 24% You Can't Run Away From It Director,
      Producer
      - 1956
      43% 61% Susan Slept Here Mark Christopher (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 34% Split Second Director - 1953
      80% 86% The Bad and the Beautiful James Lee Bartlow (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 79% Cry Danger Rocky (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 89% You Never Can Tell Rex Shepherd (Character) - 1951
      100% 67% The Tall Target John Kennedy (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 30% The Reformer and the Redhead Andrew "Andy" Rockton Hale (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 11% Right Cross Rick Garvey (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. Mike Sgt. Mike Flannigan (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 44% Station West Lt. John Martin Haven (Character) - 1948
      100% 69% Pitfall John Forbes (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rogue's Regiment Whit Corbett (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To the Ends of the Earth Commissioner Michael Barrows (Character) - 1948
      33% 38% Johnny O'Clock Johnny O'Clock (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 58% Cornered Laurence Gerard (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 20% Meet the People William "Swanee" Swanson (Character) - 1944
      71% 68% It Happened Tomorrow Lawrence "Larry" Stevens (Character) - 1944
      94% 86% Murder, My Sweet Philip Marlowe (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Go Lucky Pete Hamilton (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet True to Life Link Ferris (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Girls Unknown (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Riding High Steve Baird (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 59% Abbott and Costello in the Navy Thomas Halstead (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Model Wife Fred Chambers (Character) - 1941
      95% 77% Christmas in July Jimmy MacDonald (Character) - 1940
      75% No Score Yet I Want a Divorce Alan MacNally (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Going Places Peter Mason (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Naughty, but Nice Professor Donald "Don" Hardwick (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cowboy From Brooklyn Elly Jordan, aka Wyoming Steve Gibson (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 58% Hard to Get Bill Davis (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 29% Another Dawn Pvt. Henderson (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 18% Varsity Show Charles "Chuck" Daly (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 50% On the Avenue Gary Blake (Character) - 1937
      95% 89% Captains Courageous First Steward (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 41% Hollywood Hotel Ronnie Bowers (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Singing Marine Pfc. Robert "Bob"/"Arkansas" Brent (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hearts Divided Captain Jerome Bonaparte (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 0% Colleen Donald Ames III (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 24% Gold Diggers of 1937 Rosmer "Rossi" Peck (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage Struck George Randall (Character) - 1936
      100% No Score Yet Thanks a Million Eric Land (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 67% Shipmates Forever Richard John "Dick" Melville III (Character) - 1935
      100% 71% Gold Diggers of 1935 Dick Curtis (Character) - 1935
      92% 63% A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander, in Love with Hermia (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Broadway Gondolier Richard "Dick" Purcell/Ricardo Purcelli (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 33% Page Miss Glory Bingo Nelson (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 43% Happiness Ahead Bob Lane (Character) - 1934
      100% 25% Flirtation Walk Richard Palmer Grant "Canary"/"Dick"'/"Dickie Boy" Dorcy (Character) - 1934
      60% 64% Dames Jimmy Higgens (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twenty Million Sweethearts Clayton (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The King's Vacation John Kent (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet College Coach Philip `'Phil'`/`'Sarge'` Sargeant (Character) - 1933
      100% 86% Gold Diggers of 1933 Brad Roberts (Character) - 1933
      100% 83% Footlight Parade Scotty Blair (Character) - 1933
      96% 74% 42nd Street Billy Lawler (Character) - 1933
      86% No Score Yet Convention City Unknown (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 78% Blessed Event Bunny Harmon (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Busy to Work Dan (Character) - 1932

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Star Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1952-1956 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Writer 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1954 1958 1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dick Powell Theatre Host 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Unknown (Character),
      Host
      1956-1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law and Mr. Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tom Ewell Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes Unknown (Character) 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1954