True or False with Dick Powell

On this edition of Ron’s Amazing Stories the blog we look at Dick Powell. Who was he? Why Was he? We will attempt to fill your brains with knowledge.  How we will do it? Lets play, True or False with Dick Powell.

Dick Powell
Richard Powell’s publicity shot circa 1940’s.

Q1: Let’s Start with a Dick Powell Truth

True: Richard Ewing Powell was an American singer, actor, film producer, film director and studio executive. Powell came to stardom as a musical comedy performer. However, wanting to break the mold he successfully transformed into a hardbitten leading man.

Q2: Dick Powell was the first actor to portray the private detective Philip Marlowe on screen?

True: Murder, My Sweet was the first adaption to hit the big screen. It was released in 1944 and was directed by Edward Dmytryk. It starred Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, and Anne Shirley. The film was a huge success and was based on Raymond Chandler’s 1940 novel Farewell, My Lovely.

Q3: Dick Powell got his start touring the country with a swing band he formed?

True: Powell sang in church choirs and local orchestras until he started his own, The Royal Peacock Band, which toured throughout the Midwest. Later, he joined the Charlie Davis Orchestra, based in Indianapolis where he recorded a number of hits for the Vocalion label in the late 1920s. In April 1930, Warner Bros. bought Vocalion and loved Powell’s voice.  He became a solid star.

Q4: Dick Powell Directed John Wayne?

True: Powell directed The Conqueror in 1956. It starred John Wayne as Genghis Khan. The exterior scenes were filmed in St. George, Utah, downwind of U.S. above-ground atomic tests. The cast and crew totaled 220 people. Interesting fact; 91 of them developed some form of cancer.  By 1981 forty-six had died of cancer including both Powell and Wayne. This cancer rate is about three times higher than one would expect in a group of this size. Many believe that radioactive fallout was the cause.

Q5: Dock Powell was married to Hollywood Sweetheart, Grace Kelly?

False: Out of his league? Naw, he was married to Hollywood sweetheart June Allyson in 1945 until his death in 1963. If you don’t know who June Allyson is shame on you! They had two children, Pamela (adopted) and Richard Powell, Jr.

There you have a brief look at the life and times of Dick Powell. He had an amazing career cut short by cancer.  You can listen to a compilation of his music on iTunes. Search for Dick Powell or follow this link. Thank you for reading!

This Week’s Podcast:

On the show this week Dick Powell visits the show as Richard Diamond. Also, we have another 5 minute mystery and a short story from a noted author. So please join us. You can listen to this podcast this Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen on your radio Friday night at 8pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

May 19, 2016 – Debra Yates – Woman of Many Names (RAS245)
May 26, 2016 – Pat Novak Returns (RAS246)
June 02,2016 – Some People Don’t Die (RAS247)
June 09,2016 – The Carnival Case (RAS248)
June 16,2016 – (RAS249)
June 23,2016 – (RAS250)
June 30,2016 – The Horror Express (RAS251)

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