" Oh, you remember the awful things they said about what’s-her-name before she jumped out the window? There. You see? I can’t even remember her name so who cares?"
The Women (1939)
"At night before Louis goes to sleep he may read, sometimes rereading letters to friends that he’s typed up. Louis loves to write, and he writes as he speaks."
Fred Astaire and Barrie Chase on set of rehearsals for “An Evening With Fred Astaire”. Photographed by Grey Villet. (1960)
Ginger Rogers and Jack Benny dancing at a party, c 1938.
Rest in Peace William Powell (July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984)
In March of 1929, when Powell was just beginning his transition from supporting actor to leading man, Photoplay magazine published an article accusing him of stealing every film from his co-stars. In the article he was quick to disagree, maintaining that there was no such thing as “picture stealing”. However, some of his friends and fellow actors offered a different perspective.
"Bill a picture stealer? Of course. He can’t help it. He characterizes so perfectly, studies and prepares for each part he plays. He can’t help but attract the most favorable attention. Why, I know that if Bill were playing a crook, a down-at-the-heel, dirty bum, and he had to appear in a close-up — just a head close-up, mind you — he would see to it that his nails were grimy and unpolished, that his heels were run over and his shoes soiled. And none of those things would appear in the picture. It is Bill’s honesty with himself, his desire to portray perfectly whatever he sets out to play, that prompts him to be so meticulous in his characterizations." — Richard Barthelmess
"I was seated at a desk in one scene of ‘The Last Command’ when I first met Bill Powell. This man came through the door. It was Bill. He was a radical in the picture. I was of the nobility. Instantly I felt ‘here is a man with a soul.’ It shone from his eyes. He walked towards me and I felt that he was a brother actor. He is a kindred spirit. The first kindred spirit with which I have worked since coming to America. It is something from the Lord, that which Bill has. A gift of God. But in addition to this divine gift, Bill is human. That is the combination which makes him a great actor. He is also of the earth. You do not see his face, his eyes, as much as you are aware of his soul when you watch him on the screen. They made of him a villain. And he had the soul of a hero. It is too bad. But it is so. In a year, I think Bill Powell will be the foremost character actor on the screen. Picture stealer he may be, but it all unconscious. He feels his parts because he wants to make them live. That is the way with all great actors. And Bill is one." — Emil Jannings
Maureen O’Hara c. 1945
Rest in Peace William Horatio Powell | July 29th, 1892 – March 5th, 1984
William Powell, the dapper, sophisticated leading man of scores of films during the 1930s and 1940s and the wise-cracking detective in “Thin Man” movie series, died today. He was 91. Powell died at 5:45am of “old age”. The attending physician, Dr. Irving Hirshleifer said, “The old gentleman went very nicely, with his wife Diana holding his hand until the very end.” Powell, perhaps best known for his role as the suave detective Nick Charkes, despite the old age, retained the deep resonant voice that, along with his impeccable attire, contributed to his stature as a dashing leading man. | Spokane Chronicle; Mar 5, 1984
“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. | Roger Ebert
“Sleep tight, Angel | Evy
like they are actually holding hands the entire time they are presenting the awards and it’s just too adorable
The Everly Brothers
Description: Entertainer, Danny Kaye, conducts the National Symphony Orchestra during a fundraising dinner and closed-circuit telecast of “An American Pageant of the Arts” for the National Cultural Center. National Guard Armory, Washington, D.C.
Danny Kaye in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty