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Richard Ewing "Dick" Powell (November 14, 1904 -- January 2, 1963) was an American singer, actor, film producer, and film director. He started off as a singer and dancer who starred in many comedies and musicals, including several Creator/BusbyBerkeley films. With ''Murder My Sweet'' in 1944 he would transition into a hardboiled, rugged "tough guy" leading man in projects of more dramatic nature. ''Murder My Sweet'' was also the first time anyone played private detective Literature/PhilipMarlowe on screen.

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Richard Ewing "Dick" Powell (November 14, 1904 -- January 2, 1963) was an American singer, actor, film producer, and film director. He started off as a singer and dancer who starred in many comedies and musicals, including several Creator/BusbyBerkeley films. With ''Murder My Sweet'' in 1944 he would transition into a hardboiled, rugged "tough guy" leading man in projects of more dramatic nature. ''Murder My Sweet'' was also the first time anyone played private detective Literature/PhilipMarlowe on screen.
screen. He also found success with the radio series ''Series/RichardDiamondPrivateDetective'', which ran from 1949-1953.


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* ''Film/ChristmasInJuly'' (1940)


Richard Ewing "Dick" Powell (November 14, 1904 -- January 2, 1963) was an American singer, actor, film producer, and film director. While he first became famous as a musical comedy performer, he would transition into a hardboiled, rugged "tough guy" leading man in projects of more dramatic nature. He was the first actor to portray the private detective Literature/PhilipMarlowe on screen, in ''Film/MurderMySweet'' (1944).

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Richard Ewing "Dick" Powell (November 14, 1904 -- January 2, 1963) was an American singer, actor, film producer, and film director. While he first became famous He started off as a musical comedy performer, singer and dancer who starred in many comedies and musicals, including several Creator/BusbyBerkeley films. With ''Murder My Sweet'' in 1944 he would transition into a hardboiled, rugged "tough guy" leading man in projects of more dramatic nature. He nature. ''Murder My Sweet'' was also the first actor to portray the time anyone played private detective Literature/PhilipMarlowe on screen, in ''Film/MurderMySweet'' (1944).
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* ''Film/HardToGet'' (1938)


Richard Ewing "Dick" Powell (November 14, 1904 January 2, 1963) was an American singer, actor, film producer, and film director. While he first became famous as a musical comedy performer, he would transition into a hardboiled, rugged "tough guy" leading man in projects of more dramatic nature. He was the first actor to portray the private detective Literature/PhilipMarlowe on screen, in ''Film/MurderMySweet'' (1944).

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Richard Ewing "Dick" Powell (November 14, 1904 -- January 2, 1963) was an American singer, actor, film producer, and film director. While he first became famous as a musical comedy performer, he would transition into a hardboiled, rugged "tough guy" leading man in projects of more dramatic nature. He was the first actor to portray the private detective Literature/PhilipMarlowe on screen, in ''Film/MurderMySweet'' (1944).(1944).

Later in his career, he took an interest in directing and formed his own television production company with the help of Creator/DavidNiven, Creator/CharlesBoyer, Creator/JoelMcCrea and Creator/IdaLupino. It was named Creator/FourStarTelevision and made the most successful television shows in 1950s' America, such as ''Series/TheBigValley'' and ''Series/BurkesLaw'', launching careers for Creator/{{Steve McQueen|Actor}}, Creator/MaryTylerMoore, Creator/GeneRoddenberry and Creator/AaronSpelling. Unfortunately, the greatness wasn't meant to last when Powell died from stomach cancer in 1963.

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Richard Ewing "Dick" Powell (November 14, 1904 January 2, 1963) was an American singer, actor, film producer, and film director. While he first became famous as a musical comedy performer, he would transition into a hardboiled, rugged "tough guy" leading man in projects of more dramatic nature. He was the first actor to portray the private detective Literature/PhilipMarlowe on screen, in ''Film/MurderMySweet'' (1944).
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!!Dick Powell films with pages on TV Tropes:
* ''Film/FortySecondStreet'' (1933)
* ''Film/GoldDiggersOf1933'' (1933)
* ''Film/FootlightParade'' (1933)
* ''Film/{{Dames}}'' (1934)
* ''Film/FlirtationWalk'' (1934)
* ''Film/GoldDiggersOf1935'' (1935)
* ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' (1935)
* ''Film/GoldDiggersOf1937'' (1936)
* ''Film/MurderMySweet'' (1944)
* ''Film/TheBadAndTheBeautiful'' (1952)
* ''Film/TheConqueror'' (1956, director only)
* ''Film/TheEnemyBelow'' (1957, director only)
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