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Dick Powell



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Convention City
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Battle By Sea
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in the Movies
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Hunters
  • Producer
  • Director
1958
80% The Enemy Below
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet You Can't Run Away From It
  • Director
  • Producer
1956
No Score Yet The Conqueror
  • Director
  • Producer
1956
50% Susan Slept Here
  • Mark
1954
96% The Bad and the Beautiful
  • James Lee Bartlow
1953
No Score Yet Witness
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Split Second
  • Director
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 Dick Powell Anthology
  • Actor
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 Johnny O'Clock
  • Johnny O'Clock
1947
No Score Yet Cornered
  • Laurence Gerard
1945
93% Murder, My Sweet
  • Philip Marlowe
1944
No Score Yet 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
94% Christmas in July
  • Jimmy MacDonald
1940
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 Colleen
  • Donald Ames 3rd
1936
No Score Yet Thanks a Million
  • Eric Land
1935
89% A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Lysander
1935
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory
  • Bingo Nelson
1935
No Score Yet Gold Diggers of 1935
  • Dick Curtis
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 Happiness Ahead
  • Bob Lane
1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar
  • Tommy
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
95% 42nd Street
  • Billy Lawler
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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre
1956-1961
  • Host

Quotes from Dick Powell's Characters