Monday, September 13, 2010
The Leading Man
I've felt under the weather the past couple of days and although a 102 degree fever is not fun, catching up on my favorite movies from one of my favorite actors is a blast.
I adore William Powell. I have mentioned him several times with love for the Thin Man movies but he starred in others that were equally great.
The Great Ziegfeld showcases Powell as a the wonderful Flor Ziegfeld, the famed producer of the over the top stage shows. The story tells the rags to riches to rags life of Ziegfeld. The music scenes are beautiful displays in filmography. The movie won three Oscars, including Best Dance and Best Leading Lady.
Love Crazy is a fun little romp with Powell. He stars with Myrna Loy as a couple celebrating their fourth anniversary. After a series of misunderstanding, the couple splits. William just can't live without Myrna and decides to get her back. He will do anything, including acting insane to win back his bride. This film has all the chemistry that Powell and Loy have together. If you love the Thin Man series, this is not one to be missed.
We see Powell reprise his role as Ziegfeld, even if it's only for a few minutes, in Ziegfeld Follies. This film showcases some of Ziegfeld's greatest finds such as Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. It's a wonderful musical history of Ziegfeld. The scenery is a star in itself.
William Powell was a magnificent actor who started his career during the silent movie era and gained even more success when talkies were invented. His personal as well as professional life proved to be an amazing story filled with beautiful leading ladies such as Jean Harlow and Carol Lombard. I have yet to see a bad movie from him. He was sophisticated, suave and his sense of humor brilliant, what more could you ask for in a leading man?