Classic Movie Legend Tribute: William Powell


Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, William Powell, born July 29 in 1892!

William Powell: Master of the Screwball Comedy. More so than Cary Grant, more so than Clark Gable, more so than James Stewart; in my humble opinion, Powell represents the best and the brightest that the genre has to offer. If Powell where a drink, he would be 1 part quick wit, 2 parts perfect timing, and all parts laugh-out-loud hilarious. So, I can think of no better way to celebrate his birthday than by looking at a few of his best quotes from his most popular film, The Thin Man.


“The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry Martini you always shake to waltz time.” William Powell as Nick Charles in The Thin Man (1934, W.S Van Dyke, director)


Myrna Loy, The Thin Man, Classic Movie actress, Woody Van Dyke

Nora Charles: Pretty girl.
Nick Charles: Yes. She’s a very nice type.
Nora Charles: You got types?
Nick Charles: Only you, darling. Lanky brunettes with wicked jaws.

William Powell and  Myrna Loy in The Thin Man (1934, W.S Van Dyke)


Nick Charles: I’m a hero. I was shot twice in the Tribune.
Nora Charles: I read where you were shot 5 times in the tabloids.
Nick Charles It’s not true. He didn’t come anywhere near my tabloids.

William Powell as Nick Charles in The Thin Man (1934, W.S Van Dyke, director)


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2 Responses to Classic Movie Legend Tribute: William Powell

  1. Dorothy Winnett says:

    Absolutely wonderful, one of my favorite Actors ♥

  2. cc says:

    Fascinating man and actor.

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