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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Saturday, September 24, 2005


Dick Powell

DICK POWELL (1904-1963), born Richard Ewing Powell

Metamorphosed from juvenile lead crooner to tough as nails detective.

Murder, My Sweet (1944)Haven't you seen Murder, My Sweet (1944)? As Raymond Chandler's private eye, Philip Marlowe. Not as good as the 70s Robert Mitchum version Farewell, My Lovely, but one of the better examples of film noir nonetheless.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

42nd Street (1933) A young Powell sings and dances under Busby Berkeley's direction.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) Shakespeare for the masses, memorable for James Cagney's turn as Bottom, Victor Jory's perfect Oberon and Mickey Rooney's Puck.
The Bad and The Beautiful (1952) Soap opera with Kirk Douglas & Lana Turner.
In The Navy (1941) With Abbott and Costello.

*Contributed by: "Mark Orr" Date: Wed, Jun 12 2002 / 11:20:41 PST