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Dick Powell est un Acteur, Réalisateur, Producteur et Remerciements Américain né le 14 novembre 1904 à Mountain View (Etats-Unis)

Dick Powell

Dick Powell
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Nom de naissance Richard Ewing Powell
Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 14 novembre 1904 à Mountain View (Etats-Unis)
Mort 2 janvier 1963 (à 58 ans) à West Los Angeles (Etats-Unis)

Dick Powell est un acteur et un réalisateur américain né le 14 novembre 1904 et mort le 2 janvier 1963.


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 a local orchestras and started his own band. 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. Warner Bros. was sufficiently impressed by Powell's singing and stage presence to offer him a film contract in 1932. He made his film debut as a singing bandleader in Blessed Event. 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.

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. 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. By 1944, Powell felt he was too old to play romantic leading men anymore,, so he lobbied to play the lead in Double Indemnity. He lost out to Fred MacMurray, another Hollywood nice guy. MacMurray’s success, however, fueled Powell’s resolve to pursue projects with greater range.

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. The film was a big hit, and Powell had successfully reinvented himself as a dramatic actor. 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! Powell also played the slightly less hard-boiled detective Richard Rogue in the radio series "Rogue's Gallery", beginning in 1945.

In 1945, Dmytryk and Powell reteamed to make the film Cornered, a gripping, post-WWII thriller that helped define the film noir style. He became a popular "tough guy" lead appearing in movies such as Johnny O'Clock and Cry Danger. 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. 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.

From 1949–1953, Powell played the lead role in the NBC radio theater production Richard Diamond, Private Detective. 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). 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".

Powell guest-starred in numerous Four Star programs, including a 1958 appearance on the Duff-Lupino sitcom Mr. Adams and Eve. He appeared in 1961 on James Whitmore's legal drama The Law and Mr. Jones on ABC. 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. This cancer rate is about three times higher than one would expect in a group of this size, and many have argued that radioactive fallout was the cause.

Ses meilleurs films

La Barbe à papa (1973)
Les ensorcelés (1953)
Chercheuses d'or (1933)
42ème rue (1933)
Suzanne découche (1954)
Le Songe d'une nuit d'été (1935)

Le plus souvent avec

Busby Berkeley
Busby Berkeley
(12 films)
(18 films)
Robert Lord
Robert Lord
(9 films)
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Filmographie de Dick Powell (69 films)

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Hollywood Without Make-Up
Réalisé par Ken Murray
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Documentaire
Thèmes Documentaire sur le monde des affaires, Documentaire sur le cinéma, Documentaire sur les villes
Acteurs Kirk Douglas, Ken Murray, Cary Grant, June Allyson, George K. Arthur, Eddie Albert
Rôle Lui-même
Note71% 3.5761753.5761753.5761753.5761753.576175
The film consists of archive footage of famous Hollywood stars, mostly home movies showing the stars as themselves instead of playing a role in front of the camera.
Suzanne découche, 1h38
Réalisé par Frank Tashlin
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Comédie dramatique, Comédie romantique, Romance
Thèmes Film sur un écrivain, Noël, Théâtre, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre
Acteurs Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis, Glenda Farrell, Alvy Moore, Les Tremayne
Rôle Mark Christopher
Note63% 3.1989853.1989853.1989853.1989853.198985
Mark Christopher (Powell) is a successful thirty-five-year-old Hollywood screenwriter who has suffered from partial writer's block since winning an Academy Award and has been unable to produce a decent script. One Christmas Eve, he receives an unexpected and very unwanted surprise present.
Les ensorcelés, 1h58
Réalisé par Vincente Minnelli, Jerry Thorpe
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie dramatique, Romance
Thèmes Film traitant du cinéma, La télévision
Acteurs Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame
Rôle James Lee Bartlow
Note77% 3.8966453.8966453.8966453.8966453.896645
Hollywood dans les années 50. Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan), un metteur en scène, refuse de répondre à un appel téléphonique venant de Paris, d'un certain Jonathan Shields. Georgia Lorrison (Lana Turner), une actrice, agit de même, tout comme James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell), un écrivain.
L'implacable, 1h19
Réalisé par Robert Parrish, Dick Powell
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Noir, Policier
Acteurs Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman, William Conrad, Regis Toomey, Jean Porter
Rôle Rocky
Note72% 3.642833.642833.642833.642833.64283
Rocky Mulloy was sentenced to life in prison for a robbery and murder that he didn't commit. He's released five years later when a witness named Delong appears and provides an alibi. Rocky then sets out to find who framed him, hoping that by uncovering the actual criminals, he'll be able to free his friend Danny Morgan, also accused of the same crime.
You Never Can Tell, 1h18
Réalisé par Lou Breslow
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Fantasy
Thèmes Religion
Acteurs Dick Powell, Peggy Dow, Charles Drake, Albert Sharpe, Frank Nelson, Anthony George
Rôle Rex Shepherd
Note70% 3.5377153.5377153.5377153.5377153.537715
An ex-police dog named Rex inherits a fortune from his eccentric millionaire owner. But someone poisons him for his fortune, and he is able to go back to earth as a human detective to bring his killer to justice.
Le Grand Attentat, 1h18
Réalisé par Anthony Mann
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Historique, Policier
Thèmes Transport, Le train, Politique
Acteurs Dick Powell, Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou, Marshall Thompson, Ruby Dee, Richard Steven Rauber
Rôle John Kennedy
Note72% 3.643883.643883.643883.643883.64388
En 1861, le sergent John Kennedy découvre un complot visant à éliminer le président Abraham Lincoln. Face à l'incrédulité et à l'inertie de ses supérieurs, Kennedy mène sa propre enquête, après avoir démissionné de l'armée...
Tourment (1950)
, 1h30
Réalisé par John Sturges
Genres Drame
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, La boxe
Acteurs June Allyson, Ricardo Montalbán, Dick Powell, Lionel Barrymore, Mimi Aguglia, Barry Kelley
Rôle Rick Garvey
Note60% 3.0010253.0010253.0010253.0010253.001025
Sean O'Malley (Lionel Barrymore), a wheelchair-bound fight promoter who was once known as the best in his business, has lost his professional stature and is now suffering from poor health. Sean's daughter Pat (June Allyson) has taken over many of her father's responsibilities, and is romantically involved with Sean's best fighter, Johnny Monterez (Ricardo Montalban).
Mrs. Mike
Mrs. Mike (1949)
, 1h39
Réalisé par Louis King
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame
Acteurs Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, J. M. Kerrigan, Will Wright, Angela Clarke, John Miljan
Rôle Sgt. Mike Flannigan
Note63% 3.189323.189323.189323.189323.18932
A young Boston woman, Kathy O'Fallon, travels north to visit her Uncle John at his cabin near the Canadian border. While there she meets Mike Flannigan, a sergeant with the Canadian Royal Northwest Mounted Police, and before long they're in love. Kathy marries Mike, who takes her by dogsled to his outpost in the cold, remote north.
Légion étrangère, 1h26
Réalisé par Robert Florey
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Aventure
Thèmes L'armée française, Politique
Acteurs Dick Powell, Märta Torén, Vincent Price, Stephen McNally, Edgar Barrier, Richard Loo
Rôle Whit Corbett
Note64% 3.238643.238643.238643.238643.23864
Un agent secret américain, chasseur de nazis, est sur la piste de l'ancien criminel de guerre Martin Bormann, soupçonné de s'être caché dans la Légion étrangère en Indochine.
To the Ends of the Earth, 1h49
Réalisé par Robert Stevenson
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Noir
Thèmes Afrique post-coloniale, L'immigration, Maladie, La mer, Psychotrope, Transport
Acteurs Dick Powell, Signe Hasso, Ludwig Donath, Vladimir Nikolayevich Sokoloff, Edgar Barrier, John Hoyt
Rôle Commissioner Michael Barrows
Note68% 3.436093.436093.436093.436093.43609
In 1935, United States Narcotics Agent Michael Barrows (Powell) is assigned to find an unidentified freighter suspected of smuggling drugs. When he and the Coast Guard spot it along the California coast, they give chase. Barrows watches helplessly through binoculars as the freighter captain has about a hundred chained slave laborers thrown overboard to drown. The ship escapes by passing beyond the 12 mile limit and entering international waters. Horrified by what he has seen, Barrows determines to smash the narcotics ring - traveling "to the ends of the Earth" if need be - without first clearing it with his boss, Commissioner H. J. Anslinger (played by the real Harry J. Anslinger).