Dick Powell
Actor, singer, producer, director and studio head
Dick Powell
Richard Ewing "Dick" Powell was an American singer, actor, producer, director and studio boss. Though he came to stardom as a musical comedy performer, he successfully transformed into a hardbitten leading man of darker projects.
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Ten movies that speak to Utah's history and character - Salt Lake Tribune
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... the cast and crew were exposed to fallout from nuclear testing in Nevada — and some 90 of the 220 people working on the film (including Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead and director Dick Powell) were diagnosed with cancer (though many of them
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Ashes man Dick Powell stars for Burscough CC - Ormskirk & Skelmersdale Advertiser
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That was the hectic and energy-sapping weekend schedule of Burscough's veteranŠall-rounder Dick Powell but it all ended in smiles. After claiming two of England's wickets in their Over 60s 'Ashes' ŠTest against Australia at Leeds on ŠFriday,
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Joan Blondell Q&A Pt.2: Joan Blondell-Dick Powell-June Allyson Triangle, Lost ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Blondell co-starred with Adolphe Menjou, Dick Powell, and Mary Astor.] When I read about Convention City, I just want to weep. It sounds like such a sterling piece of pre-Code near-vulgarity. There are some fairly raunchy studio memos that went back
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Speaking at Wired 2011: Richard Seymour - Wired.co.uk
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He co-founded Seymour Powell with Dick Powell in 1984, overseeing the company's 1561 projects to date. The consultancy was instrumental in creating the world's first cordless kettle and early pocket mobile phones, with Seymour receiving the D&AD Award
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HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS - Brisnet.com
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With just under three weeks to go at Saratoga, we have enough data to draw some handicapping conclusions but still enough time left in the meet to take advantage of what is going on. There have been two dominating trends at the meet that
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DVD Extra: Pat, Buzz and Bacon - New York Post (blog)
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Bacon brings his usual verve to "Cowboy From Brooklyn'' (1938), a Richard Whiting-Johnny Mercer musical (with Warren brought in for the title song after Whiting's death) adapted from a stage farce as a vehicle for Dick Powell and O'Brien, who appeared
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HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS - Brisnet.com
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I've been watching New York racing for a long time but I don't think I have ever seen a main track like the one that the Test S. (G1) and Whitney H. (G1) were run over. Usually, New York's main tracks quicken when they get wet and when
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Councilman discovers why city ambulance rates are so high - TriValley Central
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While going over a list of ambulance rates posted by the Arizona Department of Health Services, or ADHS, City Councilman Dick Powell was struck by the large differences between Southwest Ambulance, which serves Casa Grande,
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NASA space shuttle has roots at Langley - Daily Press (blog)
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Among them was a handling problem uncovered during tests of a flight simulator built by Dick Powell, a Langley engineer who had recently graduated from Virginia Tech. Powell, who still works at Langley, found that the shuttle would become
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Showing a lifetime of thanks - Knoxville News Sentinel
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Dick Powell still can remember that day in 1960 when he bought his first new car from Cox. "It was a '61 Oldsmobile Starfire," Powell said, recalling that the car cost about $2000. He was impressed with Cox from the first sale
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Play takes on modern dating, romance - Post-Tribune
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This musical is an affectionate spoof of the Busby Berkeley-Harry Warren and Al Dubin-Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler-style film musicals of the 1930s. The setting is the deck of a battleship where Ruby, the talented tap-dancer from the sticks arrives a
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Auditions begin Monday in Portage - nwitimes.com
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New York salutes Hollywood in this spoof of the Busby Berkeley-Harry Warren and Al Dubin-Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler-style film musical of the '30s. The setting is the deck of a battleship where Ruby, the talented tap-dancer from the sticks climbs
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Images: Peter Falk, 1927 - 2011 - Chicago Daily Herald
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He won the award for the hard-bitten truck driver on “The Price of Tomatoes”, a Dick Powell show. Associated Press Peter Falk and his wife Alyce attend the Emmy Awards in this 1972 photo in Los Angeles. Associated Press Actor Peter Falk, right, ... -
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Straying from the troupe - Denton Record Chronicle
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Marlowe (***) Garner plays novelist Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles detective, a role previously taken by Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Dick Powell and many others. Marlowe searches the city for a blackmailer and a murderer
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Innovators shown how to play the global game at TVC 2011 - Cabume - Cambridge technology news
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Dick Powell of Seymour Powell provided great examples of instances in which his design and innovation consultancy had played such a role, including the now taken-for-granted concept of the cordless kettle, allowing you to fill it without needing to
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Leading players line up for CUTEC Technology Ventures Conference - Cambridge Network
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The impressive line-up of speakers include the CEO of Virgin Galactic (George Whitesides), Global Business Development at P&G (Mike Addison), Co-Founder of Seymourpowell (Dick Powell) and the BBC Technology Correspondent (Rory Cellan-Jones)
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Business diamonds sparkle at CUTEC expo - Business Weekly
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The impressive line-up of speakers includes the CEO of Virgin Galactic, George Whitesides; P&G global business development chief, Mike Addison; Dick Powell, co-founder of Seymourpowell and BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Powell
    FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 58
    During the 15th Primetime Emmy Awards on May 26, 1963, the Television Academy presented a posthumous Television Academy Trustee Award to Dick Powell for his contributions to the industry.
    More Details Hide Details The award was accepted by two of his former partners in Four Star Television, Charles Boyer and David Niven. Dick Powell has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Blvd. Frank Tashlin's cartoon satire The Woods Are Full Of Cuckoos (1937) features a caricature of Powell, a bird named "Dick Fowl". The Travel Channel series Mysteries at the Museum (2013) featured a segment about the fallout from the filming of The Conqueror with American actor Paul Meltzer as director Powell. Powell was the first actor to play private detective Philip Marlowe on radio, in 1944 and 1945.
  • 1962
    Age 57
    On September 27, 1962, Powell acknowledged rumors that he was undergoing treatment for cancer.
    More Details Hide Details The disease was originally diagnosed as an allergy, with Powell first experiencing symptoms while traveling East to promote his program. Upon his return to California, Powell's personal physician conducted tests and found malignant growths on his neck and chest.
  • 1961
    Age 56
    He appeared in 1961 on James Whitmore's legal drama The Law and Mr. Jones on ABC.
    More Details Hide Details In the episode "Everybody Versus Timmy Drayton", Powell played a colonel having problems with his son. Shortly before his death, Powell sang on camera for the final time in a guest-star appearance on Four Star's Ensign O'Toole, singing The Song of the Marines, which he first sang in his 1937 film The Singing Marine. He hosted and occasionally starred in his Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater on CBS from 1956–1961, and his final anthology series, The Dick Powell Show on NBC from 1961 through 1963; after his death, the series continued through the end of its second season (as The Dick Powell Theater), with guest hosts. Powell's film The Enemy Below (1957), based on the novel by Denys Rayner, won the Academy Award for Special Effects. Powell also directed The Conqueror (1956), starring John Wayne as Genghis Khan. The exterior scenes were filmed in St. George, Utah, downwind of U.S. above-ground atomic tests. The cast and crew totaled 220, and of that number, 91 had developed some form of cancer by 1981, and 46 had died of cancer by then, including Powell and Wayne.
    In 1961, Howard Duff, husband of Ida Lupino, assumed the Dante role in a short-lived NBC adventure series Dante, set at a San Francisco nightclub called "Dante's Inferno".
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  • 1958
    Age 53
    Powell guest-starred in numerous Four Star programs, including a 1958 appearance on the Duff-Lupino sitcom Mr. Adams and Eve.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1949
    Age 44
    From 1949–1953, Powell played the lead role in the NBC radio theater production Richard Diamond, Private Detective.
    More Details Hide Details His character in the 30-minute weekly was a likable private detective with a quick wit. Many episodes ended with Detective Diamond having an excuse to sing a little song to his date, showcasing Powell's vocal abilities. Many of the episodes were written by Blake Edwards. When Richard Diamond came to television in 1957, the lead role was portrayed by David Janssen, who did no singing in the series. Prior to the Richard Diamond series, he starred in Rogue's Gallery. He played Richard Rogue, private detective. The Richard Diamond tongue-in-cheek persona developed in the Rogue series. In the 1950s, Powell was one of the founders of Four Star Television, along with Charles Boyer, David Niven, and Ida Lupino. He appeared in and supervised several shows for that company. Powell played the role of Willie Dante in Four Star Playhouse, in episodes entitled "Dante's Inferno" (1952), "The Squeeze" (1953), "The Hard Way" (1953), and "The House Always Wins" (1955).
  • 1948
    Age 43
    But in 1948, he stepped out of the brutish type when he starred in Pitfall, a film noir in which a bored insurance company worker falls for an innocent but dangerous woman, played by Lizabeth Scott.
    More Details Hide Details Even when he appeared in lighter fare such as The Reformer and the Redhead and Susan Slept Here (1954), he never sang in his later roles. The latter, his final onscreen appearance in a feature film, did include a dance number with costar Debbie Reynolds.
  • 1945
    Age 40
    In 1945, Dmytryk and Powell reteamed to make the film Cornered, a gripping, post-WWII thriller that helped define the film noir style.
    More Details Hide Details He became a popular "tough guy" lead appearing in movies such as Johnny O'Clock and Cry Danger.
    Powell also played the slightly less hard-boiled detective Richard Rogue in the radio series "Rogue's Gallery", beginning in 1945.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1944
    Age 39
    He was the first actor to play Marlowe – by name – in motion pictures. (Hollywood had previously adapted some Marlowe novels, but with the lead character changed.) Later, Powell was the first actor to play Marlowe on radio, in 1944 and 1945, and on television, in a 1954 episode of Climax!
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    In 1944, Powell's career changed dramatically when he was cast in the first of a series of films noir, as private detective Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet, directed by Edward Dmytryk.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a big hit, and Powell had successfully reinvented himself as a dramatic actor.
    By 1944, Powell felt he was too old to play romantic leading men anymore,, so he lobbied to play the lead in Double Indemnity.
    More Details Hide Details He lost out to Fred MacMurray, another Hollywood nice guy. MacMurray's success, however, fueled Powell's resolve to pursue projects with greater range.
  • 1940
    Age 35
    Powell desperately wanted to expand his range, but Warner Bros. would not allow him to do so. As a result, he bought his release from Warner Bros. in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details They did cast him in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), but as Lysander, another youthful romantic character. This was to be Powell's only Shakespearean role and one he did not want to play, feeling that he was completely wrong for the part.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1933
    Age 28
    He went on to star as a boyish crooner in movie musicals such as 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1933, Dames, Flirtation Walk, and On the Avenue, often appearing opposite Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell.
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  • 1932
    Age 27
    Warner Bros. was sufficiently impressed by Powell's singing and stage presence to offer him a film contract in 1932.
    More Details Hide Details He made his film debut as a singing bandleader in Blessed Event.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1914
    Age 9
    Powell was born in Mountain View, the seat of Stone County in northern Arkansas. The family moved to Little Rock in 1914, where Powell sang in church choirs and with local orchestras, and started his own band.
    More Details Hide Details Powell attended the former Little Rock College, before he started his entertainment career as a singer with the Royal Peacock Band which toured throughout the Midwest. During this time, he married Mildred Maund, a model, but she found being married to an entertainer not to her liking and they soon divorced. Later, he joined the Charlie Davis Orchestra, based in Indianapolis. He recorded a number of records with Davis and on his own, for the Vocalion label in the late 1920s. Powell moved to Pittsburgh, where he found great local success as the Master of Ceremonies at the Enright Theater and the Stanley Theater. In April 1930, Warner Bros. bought Brunswick Records, which at that time owned Vocalion.
  • 1904
    Born
    Born on November 14, 1904.
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