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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Busby Berkeley - The Busby Berkeley Disc Unknown (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 44% The Hunters Director - 1958
86% 87% The Enemy Below Director,
Producer
- 1957
No Score Yet 10% The Conqueror Director,
Producer
- 1956
No Score Yet 27% You Can't Run Away From It Director,
Producer
- 1956
43% 63% Susan Slept Here Mark Christopher (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 35% Split Second Director - 1953
79% 86% The Bad and the Beautiful James Lee Bartlow (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 88% You Never Can Tell Rex Shepherd (Character) - 1951
100% 68% The Tall Target John Kennedy (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 83% Cry Danger Rocky (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 11% Right Cross Rick Garvey (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 22% The Reformer and the Redhead Andrew "Andy" Rockton Hale (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. Mike Sgt. Mike Flannigan (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rogue's Regiment Whit Corbett (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 68% Pitfall John Forbes (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 41% Station West Lt. John Martin Haven (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet To the Ends of the Earth Commissioner Michael Barrows (Character) - 1948
33% 36% Johnny O'Clock Johnny O'Clock (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 55% Cornered Laurence Gerard (Character) - 1945
60% 64% It Happened Tomorrow Lawrence "Larry" Stevens (Character) - 1944
94% 87% Murder, My Sweet Philip Marlowe (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 20% Meet the People William "Swanee" Swanson (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet True to Life Link Ferris (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Go Lucky Pete Hamilton (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 No Score Yet Model Wife Fred Chambers (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 59% Abbott and Costello in the Navy Thomas Halstead (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 64% Hard to Get Bill Davis (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cowboy From Brooklyn Elly Jordan, aka Wyoming Steve Gibson (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 41% Hollywood Hotel Ronnie Bowers (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Dawn Pvt. Henderson (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 20% Varsity Show Charles "Chuck" Daly (Character) - 1937
94% 89% Captains Courageous First Steward (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 54% On the Avenue Gary Blake (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Singing Marine Pfc. Robert "Bob"/"Arkansas" Brent (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 0% Colleen Donald Ames III (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 22% Gold Diggers of 1937 Rosmer "Rossi" Peck (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage Struck George Randall (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hearts Divided Captain Jerome Bonaparte (Character) - 1936
91% 62% A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander, in Love with Hermia (Character) - 1935
100% No Score Yet Thanks a Million Eric Land (Character) - 1935
100% 70% Gold Diggers of 1935 Dick Curtis (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 67% Shipmates Forever Richard John "Dick" Melville III (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Broadway Gondolier Richard "Dick" Purcell/Ricardo Purcelli (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Page Miss Glory Bingo Nelson (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 43% Happiness Ahead Bob Lane (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twenty Million Sweethearts Clayton (Character) - 1934
60% 63% Dames Jimmy Higgens (Character) - 1934
100% 26% Flirtation Walk Richard Palmer Grant "Canary"/"Dick"'/"Dickie Boy" Dorcy (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet The King's Vacation John Kent (Character) - 1933
100% 83% Footlight Parade Scotty Blair (Character) - 1933
96% 74% 42nd Street Billy Lawler (Character) - 1933
100% 86% Gold Diggers of 1933 Brad Roberts (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet College Coach Philip `'Phil'`/`'Sarge'` Sargeant (Character) - 1933
85% No Score Yet Convention City Unknown (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 75% 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) 2019 1952-1956
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 1961-1962 1958 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dick Powell Theatre Host 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater 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 The June Allyson Show Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jack Benny Program Unknown (Character) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lux Radio Theater Unknown (Character) 1945

QUOTES FROM Dick Powell CHARACTERS

Philip Marlowe says: She was a charming middle-aged lady with a face like a bucket of mud

Philip Marlowe says: She was a charming middle-aged lady with a face like a bucket of mud.