Mercedes benz parts, martinis and comedy detectives: William Powell's best roles Pt. 2
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, fromMercedes benz parts seller to martini drinker to comedy detective from throughout his career. The Great Ziegfeld This musical film starring William Power as the showbiz man Florenz Ziegfeld who was known for his extravagant and titillating musical productions in the early 20th century also starred Powells Thing Man wife Myrna Loy. The film won three ascoars for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Dance Direction. The film took several liberties with Ziegfelds life and his famous Ziegfelds Follies which were undoubtedly more scandalous and vulgar than the film leads on. Nevertheless, the film was considered one of the best fictionalized biographical films ever made. Dancing in the Dark In one of his later roles, William Powell echoed his own life as he played Emery Slade, a once major film star who in his later years was having trouble finding work. He finally lands a role as the lead in a film version of a broadway musical which finds Slade in a precarious position as he is not a broadway singer or dancer but he really needs the fame the role will bring him, and the money. Dancing in the Dark was one of the early Technicolor films and is still highly regarded as a precursor to Singin in the Rain.About the Author:
Alan McGee is a freelance writer from MN.