Mercedes benz parts, martinis and comedy detectives: William Powell's best roles Pt. 1
William Powell is one of the most underrated actors from the early days of talkies, working steadily from the mid 20s until the 50s. He lived a long life, dying at the age of 91 after relationships with famous actresses Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow and Diana Lewis. He received three Academy Award nominations for Best Actor but did not win any of them. Here is a list of the top William Powell films and performances, from Mercedes benz parts seller to martini drinker to comedy detective from throughout his career. The Thin Man Based on the popular Dashiell Hammett novels about a husband and wife comedy detective duo, William Powell and Myrna Low starred as Nick and Nora Charles, a flirty and witty couple who solve crimes with sass and pizzazz. In this first film the Charles couple are attempting to settle down into married life when their friend seems to be involved in a disappearance and murder. With their friend missing and his girlfriend dead they try to clear their friends name of any wrongdoing. The couple solve the crime after many martinis and much witty banter between the two making this a great party film with many of the jokes still fresh today as they were in 1934. One Way Passage Starring the beautiful Kay Francis and William Powell as star-crossed lovers, Powell is a murdered sentenced to hang that managed to escape. In Hong Kong he meets Francis, who is terminally-ill. Powell is arrested outside the bar neither one knowing the other persons deathly secret. The eventually learn each others secret and agree to meet again at the same bar at the same time on New Years Eve. On that day a bartender is alone at the bar, did they die? Are they living happily ever after?About the Author:
Alan McGee is a freelance writer from MN.