Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Myrna Loy and William Powell

Probably better known as Nick and Nora, from the Thin Man series, Myrna Loy and William Powell are probably my favorite film screen couple. I just finished seeing I Love You Again, and had watched Libeled Lady a few days ago.

Powell was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times: for The Thin Man (1934), My Man Godfrey (1936), and Life with Father (1947). Powell married Carole Lombard, with who he would star in My Man Godfrey (1936) a couple years after his divorce from her and was engaged to Jean Harlow, with whom he starred with in Libeled Lady (1936), right before she tragically died at the age of twenty six from kidney failure.

Myrna Loy was in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) , Cheaper By The Dozen (1950) and The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) .

Powell and Loy starred in thirteen movies together :

Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)
Evelyn Prentice (1934)
Libeled Lady (1936)
After the Thin Man (1936)
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Double Wedding (1937)
Another Thin Man (1939)
I Love You Again (1940)
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
Love Crazy (1941)
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Song of the Thin Man (1947)

Manhattan Melodrama was the film which the notorious criminal John Dillinger attended a showing of on July 22, 1934. After leaving the theater, he was shot to death by federal agents.

In addition to starring together in the great Thin Man series, Powell and Loy (along with Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow),  starred in Libeled Lady which is one of the best of the screwball comedies. 

William Powell made his screen debut in Sherlock Holmes (1922) starring John Barrymore. His last role was in Mister Roberts (1955).