William Powell starred in dozens of films during Hollywood's golden age, starting with 1920s silents and moving on to play some of the most sophisticated and debonair heroes of the silver screen in the 1930s and beyond. He was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor three times –– the first for his portrayal of detective Nick Charles in The Thin Man, delighting audiences as he played opposite Myrna Loy as wife Nora. Charles was one of dozens of charming characters Powell played in a career than spanned decades, and Loy just one of his many lovely leading ladies.
Thirty years after Powell's death, we look back at some of his greatest roles through the eyes of the artists who created the promotional posters for his movies. The movie posters of the golden age represent a lost art from a time when hand-drawn images and perfectly lettered text set the mood for some of the greatest screen spectacles ever. Stroll down memory lane with this collection of posters from The Thin Man and more –– and click on any image for more information.
Written by Linnea Crowther. Find her on Google+.