About Dick Powell: Thanks A Million
Dick Powell was the rare star in the Golden Age of Hollywood who completely reinvented his screen persona – and was still beloved by audiences.
The boyish singer signed his first film contract with Warner Bros. in 1931 and was soon the lead
in hits like 42nd Street, partnered with dancer Ruby Keeler. But he was pigeonholed in the upbeat musicals and comedies Depression Era audiences craved. After years of frustration with typecasting, Powell landed the role of detective Philip Marlowe in Murder My Sweet in 1944. It was first film to feature Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled private eye, and it was a huge hit.
At age 40, Powell began a second chapter in tough guy roles. He soon added producing and directing to his repertoire. But the darkest chapter in this film noir icon’s life was still to come.
This retrospective features interviews with Powell’s family members and co-stars, rare home movies, and clips from his films.
Notable guest stars: Aaron Spelling, June Allyson, Frances Langford, Edward Dmytryk, Mary Brian, Christopher Knopf, Norman Powell, Richard Powell Jr., Bill Powell
Produced and directed by Lee Schneider
Narrator: Bill Mumy