Myrna Loy and William Powell in “Shadow of the Thin Man,” 1941.
Private Detective 62 (1933)
Ginger Rogers and William Powell photographed by Ernest A. Bachrach for the film Star of Midnight, 1935
William Powell and Jean Harlow in Libeled Lady (1936)
William Powell in Jewel Robbery (1932)
screen couples: Myrna Loy & William Powell: Libeled Lady
“From that very first scene, a curious thing passed between us, a feeling of rhythm, complete understanding, an instinct for how one could bring out the best in the other. In all our work together you can see this strange—I don’t know what… a kind of rapport. It wasn’t conscious. If you heard us talking in a room, you’d hear the same thing. He’d tease me a little and a kind of blending emerged that seemed to please people. Whatever caused it, though, it was magical.”
When he died, at ninety-one, I was one of the first people Mousie called. For weeks afterward, friends wrote and telephoned condolences, as if I had lost a husband. Well, our screen partnership lasted thirteen years through fourteen pictures, longer than any of my marriages. To this day, forty years after our last appearance together, people consider us a couple. I never enjoyed work more than with Bill. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend, and, above all, a true gentleman, with those often attributed but seldom possessed qualities: great style, class, breeding. There’s nobody like him. There’s never going to be anybody quite like him. I miss him more than I can say.
Rest in peace, William Powell (July 29, 1892 - March 5, 1984). Darling, you are much loved. <3 <3 <3