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Dick Powell

Dick Powell

“An actor has to work hard to get up to 25 thousand dollars a picture, then he has to struggle to 50 thousand dollars. Then he’s over the hump and moves upwards by the 25 thousand.”Dick Powell, explaining movie star salaries in 1946.

By the way, Powell reportedly earned $150,000 for making Johnny O’Clock (1947).


Dames 1933

Dames (1933). With Ruby Keeler.


Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler.

A kiss is still a kiss? Not according to movie sound technicians who worked during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Apparently, many of them had a cheat sheet on stars, listing distances that they needed to keep during love scenes.

Dick is like a bashful lover. He kisses softly, without making much sound. The microphone must be held six inches away.” — Richard Williams, sound technician at Warner Bros. in 1936.

Quote source: newspaper scribe Donna Risher.

Photo> With Ruby Keeler.


Happiness Ahead Dick Powell

Happiness Ahead (1934)…or is it Happiness a Head?


Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell Caricatures from the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell from the Field & Turf Club at the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel.


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