Way Passage (1932) 69 min
view photos: 1 ~ 2 ~ 3
With: Kay Francis,
Frank McHugh, Aline MacMahon, Warren Hymer
Powell as a convict
on his way to the electric chair, Francis a playgirl dying from an incurable
disease - the two have a poignant shipboard romance. OK, so it's a tad
hokey, but still enjoyable.
Robbery (1932) 68 min
With: Kay Francis,
Henry Kolker, Alan Mowbray
Super-suave robber Powell completely
captivates victim Francis, who, to quote one reviewer, is "smitten to the point
of indiscretion"! Part mystery, part sophisticated comedy, all great Powell.
Pressure (1932) 72 min view
With: Evelyn Brent,
George Sidney, Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee
The pace is definitely
high-pressured - Powell is a promoter whose schemes keep getting wilder
and more farfetched as he maneuvers around each successive disaster.
Detective 62 (1933) 67 min
With: Margaret Lindsay, Arthur Hohl
A melodrama with
Powell as the title character, forced to investigate the woman he's fallen
for (Lindsay). Later released under the racier title "Man Killer".
Kennel Murder Case (1933) 73 min view
With: Mary Astor,
Powell is detective
Philo Vance, investigating murder with the help of a Doberman Pinscher,
no less. The best of Powell's Vance films, directed by Michael Curtiz.
Harness (1933) 82 mins
With: Ann Harding, Henry Stephenson
"Mighty talky drawing-room
stuff" one review called it, but Ann Harding and Powell are such accomplished
sophisticates they pull off this story of a shaky marriage.
Man (1933) 72 min view
photos 1 ~ 2
With: Joan Blondell,
Helen Vinson, Allen Jenkins, Claire Dodd
Powell climbs to the top with the help of snappy Joan Blondell, but runs
afoul of Claire Dodd and almost gets nailed for blackmail.
of 1934 (1934) 78 mins
With: Bette Davis, Frank McHugh
A story of designers
stealing fashion ideas, or a Busby Berkeley musical? It never really
makes it, either way. Interesting to see Powell with Davis (even with that
hairdo she's got!), but unfortunately there is a distinct lack of chemistry
between these two greats.
Key (1934) 73 mins
With: Edna Best,
of an Army officer (Powell) whose romance with an old flame (Best) is rekindled
- only she's now the wife of a British Intelligence agent (Clive). Woops.
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