Tag Archives: William Powell

“… my histrionic ability”

He was not only dear, he was cool. If an actor thought he could get any place by having tantrums, watching Bill Powell would have altered his opinion. I remember a story conference during which he objected to a scene … Continue reading

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Song of the Thin Man: The Son of Nick and Nora Charles

Song of the Thin Man is on TCM tonight, so I thought I’d unearth one of my many (many) posts about Dean Stockwell. Song of the Thin Man is yet another movie where Dean Stockwell’s main job is to be … Continue reading

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Libeled Lady (1936): It’s So Funny When William Powell lies

In Libeled Lady, William Powell plays Bill Chandler, a guy hired (or, actually, RE-hired) by newspaper editor Warren Haggerty (played by Spencer Tracy) to basically set up heiress Connie Allenbury (played by Myrna Loy) for a big fall, so that … Continue reading

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More of William Powell in Love Crazy

(I need it after getting my heart broken into a million pieces last night by In the Mood for Love.) My review of Love Crazy (and other “marriage comedies”) here. Powell is hiding in the shower of his now-married ex-girlfriend … Continue reading

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Love Crazy (1941); Dir. John Conroy

I miss marriage comedies. The 30s and 40s were full of them, and they shimmer with light and fun and crazy shenanigans, as two people who once loved each other enough to MARRY, tailspin into misunderstanding and hijinx. The Awful … Continue reading

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Carole Lombard Double Feature

Last night at the Film Forum. 8 p.m.: 9:45 p.m.: It did my heart good to see that both shows were sold out. The line was down the block, and last night was a pretty bitter windy night, so to … Continue reading

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Son of Nick and Nora Charles

Song of the Thin Man is on TCM tonight, so I thought I’d unearth one of my many (many) posts about Dean Stockwell. Song of the Thin Man is yet another movie where Dean Stockwell’s main job is to be … Continue reading

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