"They´re both very cool, they´re very sophisticated, they´re very low key about it, they have a lot of wit, a lot of charm. But he is the master of the double entendre. He is the master of clever line delivery, that seems to be tossed casually over his shoulder. No one can handle him on screen - except Myrna Loy and puncture his balloon."
Jeanine Basinger, film historian
William Powell in Rendezvous (1935)
[5/10] Crucial Movies: Reckless (1935)
William Powell, Diana (“Mousie”) Powell and Ginger Rogers
Born Today, July 29, in 1892, William Powell…
The murderer is right in this room. Sitting at this table. You may serve the fish. -as Nick Charles in The Thin Man
95 film credits Silent and Sound including The Great Gatsby 1926, The Four Feathers 1929, The Kennel Murder Case, Manhattan Melodrama, The Great Ziegfeld, My Man Godfrey, Libeled Lady, Life with Father, Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, How to Marry a Millionaire, Mister Roberts - and of course The Thin Man, After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man, The Thin Man Goes Home and Song of the Thin Man!
Happy Birthday William Powell! | July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984
I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and, above all, a true gentleman… He was and is a dear friend. - Myrna Loy
Happy Birthday William Horatio Powell | July 29th, 1892 – March 5th, 1984
His careful attention to the neceties of grooming; his perfectly tailored suits, spotless cuffs, and collars; his orotund voice curled around well-turned phrases; the deferential way he bowed his head slightly when being introduced — all would have helped him gain entry at any elite, leather-chair-and-brandy-snifter men’s club.
“I’m not a ladies’ man. I haven’t the physical characteristics for one thing. Not handsome. Someone like Valentino should have played this part. Not Bill Powell.
Unfortunately, or perhaps it is fortunate that I have always been forced to stand on my acting ability. I haven’t a personality such as Jack Gilbert`s, for instance, that attracts women and makes them like me for myself. When I am on the screen I must make them forget me entirely and think only of my acting”
Powell is to dialogue as Fred Astaire is to dance. His delivery is so droll and insinuating, so knowing and innocent at the same time, that it hardly matters what he’s saying.
Happy 122nd Birthday, William Powell
(JULY 29, 1892 - MARCH 5, 1984)“I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and above all, a true gentleman.” - Myrna Loy
William Powell was given a standing ovation from cast and crew on his first day back to work on the film Another Thin Man after battling rectal cancer. Powell looking remarkably fit and tanned, seemed embarrassed by the attention. He held up his hands and the familiar grin began to play at the corners of his mouth as he tried to think of something funny to stay. The applause stopped and Bill found he couldn’t speak. Myrna Loy rushed over to him and gave him a kiss and a big hug.