Dick Powell

Dick Powell

Highest Rated: 100% Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

Lowest Rated: 43% Susan Slept Here (1954)

Birthday: Nov 14, 1904

Birthplace: Mountain View, Arkansas, USA

Curly-haired actor, director, and producer, Powell worked as a vocalist and instrumentalist for bands (he had several hit records), and occasionally was an M.C. He debuted onscreen in 1932, at first as a crooner in '30s Warner Bros. backstage musicals, often opposite Ruby Keeler. After playing choir-boy-type leads for a decade, he made a surprising switch to dramatic roles in the 1940s, showing special skill as tough heroes or private eyes such as Philip Marlowe. Powell's last big-screen appearance was in Susan Slept Here (1954), in which he once again sang; he went on to appear frequently on TV. His career took another turn in the early '50s when he began producing and directing films; he was also a founder and president of Four Star Television, a prosperous TV production company. His second wife was actress Joan Blondell, with whom he appeared in Model Wife (1941) and I Want a Divorce (1940); his widow is actress June Allyson. In John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust (1975) he was portrayed by his son, Dick Powell, Jr.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in the Movies Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Hunters Director Producer 1958
83% The Enemy Below Director Producer 1957
No Score Yet You Can't Run Away From It Director Producer 1956
No Score Yet The Conqueror Producer Director 1956
43% Susan Slept Here Mark 1954
96% The Bad and the Beautiful James Lee Bartlow 1953
No Score Yet Split Second Director Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Four Star Playhouse Actor 1952
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway Guest 1951
No Score Yet You Never Can Tell Rex Shepherd 1951
No Score Yet The Tall Target John Kennedy 1951
No Score Yet Cry Danger Rocky Mulloy 1951
No Score Yet Right Cross Rick Garvey 1950
No Score Yet The Reformer and the Redhead Andrew 'Andy' Rockton Hale 1950
No Score Yet Station West Haven 1948
No Score Yet To the Ends of the Earth Commissioner Michael Barrows 1948
No Score Yet Pitfall John Forbes 1948
No Score Yet Rogues' Regiment Whit Corbett 1948
No Score Yet Johnny O'Clock Johnny O'Clock 1947
No Score Yet Cornered Laurence Gerard 1945
94% Murder, My Sweet Philip Marlowe 1944
60% It Happened Tomorrow Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens 1944
No Score Yet Meet the People William "Swanee" Swanson 1944
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Specialty 1942
No Score Yet In the Navy Thomas Halstead 1941
95% Christmas in July Jimmy MacDonald 1940
No Score Yet Naughty But Nice Prof. Donald Hardwick 1939
No Score Yet Going Places Peter Mason 1939
No Score Yet Cowboy from Brooklyn Elly Jordan, aka Wyoming Steve Gibson 1938
No Score Yet Hard to Get Bill Davis 1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel Henry Bowers 1937
No Score Yet Varsity Show Charles 'Chuck' Daly 1937
No Score Yet On The Avenue Gary Blake 1937
No Score Yet Gold Diggers of 1937 Actor 1937
No Score Yet The Singing Marine Pfc. Robert 'Bob' / 'Arkansas' Brent 1937
No Score Yet Hearts Divided Captain Jerome Bonaparte 1936
No Score Yet Colleen Donald Ames 3rd 1936
No Score Yet Thanks a Million Eric Land 1935
91% A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander 1935
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory Bingo Nelson 1935
100% Gold Diggers of 1935 Rosmer Peck 1935
No Score Yet Shipmates Forever Richard John Melville III 1935
100% Flirtation Walk Dick "Canary" Dorcy 1934
No Score Yet Dames Jimmy Higgens 1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar Tommy 1934
No Score Yet Happiness Ahead Bob Lane 1934
No Score Yet Twenty Million Sweethearts Buddy Clayton 1934
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach ) Philip 'Phil'/'Sarge' Sargeant 1933
100% Footlight Parade Scotty Blair 1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933 Brad Roberts/Robert Bradford 1933
96% 42nd Street Billy Lawler 1933
No Score Yet Convention City Jerry Ford 1933
No Score Yet Too Busy To Work Actor 1932
No Score Yet Blessed Event Harmon 1932
100% Street Scene Officer Harry Murphy 1931
No Score Yet Busby Berkeley - The Busby Berkeley Disc Actor


No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre
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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.