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I am a huge fan of the movies of Myrna Loy and William Powell. They did fourteen movies together from 1934 to 1947. Their most famous pairing being the The Thin Man series of six movies where they played Nick and Nora Charles. They were married or ended up married in all of their movies...their screen couple image often transferred to real life so much so that people thought they really were married. When they traveled to San Francisco to film "After the Thin Man", the management at the hotel had reserved a suite for the two of them, assuming they really were married. Although they were very dear friends in real life, they were never romantically involved. Myrna Loy stated that they loved each other and although they would sometimes get crushes on each other, they always stayed just friends.
They first met during a rehearsal for their first movie together, “Manhattan Melodrama” (1934). They both noticed from the start that there was a complete openness and ease between them. They became the most familiar screen couple and lifelong friends from that moment on.
Here is a book written by Myrna Loy and another book written about her. Both have wonderful stories in her own words and accurate information about her, and of course William Powell too.
There would have been even more Loy and Powell movie pairings, such as the movie "Escapade" that they started filming in 1935, but Loy had to leave the filming for several personal reasons and was replaced with another actress. There were plans for more Thin Man movies as well, but because of Powell's retirement, they never were able to materialize. Loy often visited him at his house during his retirement and they continued their personal friendship, although they did no more movies together after 1947.
One of my favorite stories of their sweet friendship is when Powell had just gotten out of the hospital after his surgery from cancer in the late 1930's and went to Myrna's house and sneaked into her living room with two bouquets of flowers that he had picked from her own garden. To her surprise when she came into the room, there was Powell sitting on her couch with flowers for her!
Myrna described their relationship as "idyllic". How nice to have a friendship like that!
Here is the list of their movies together:
The Thin Man-1934
The Great Ziegfeld-1936
After the Thin Man-1936
Another Thin Man-1939
I Love You Again-1940
Shadow of the Thin Man-1941
The Thin Man Goes Home-1945
Song of the Thin Man-1947
The Senator Was Indiscreet-1947 (Myrna has a cameo appearance at the end of this movie as his wife)
Here are links on Amazon to purchase their movies on DVD and the two Myrna Loy books I mentioned above. Prime Video options are also available for some of the movies. The Thin Man set is nice, but you can also purchase them individually.
As of this writing, The Senator Was Indiscreet is not available on DVD. I watched it years ago on VHS.
Myrna Loy’s autobiography, “Being and Becoming” is an excellent book written in Loy’s own words. The biography later written, “The Only Good Girl in Hollywood” uses some of the information already in Loy’s autobiography, but also has additional content. Both are well written and worth reading.
5/8/2020 10:02:12 am
I'm currently reading her biography, "Myrna Powell: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood" by Emily Leider, which is really good. In "Crazy Love", William Powell is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE in drag! The movie is so funny that I actually was able to forget about COVID-19 for a while.
5/20/2023 10:10:56 am
Agreed! Watching these movies helps us to step away from all that's going on in this world for a time and laugh and enjoy. I've watched Love Crazy so many times. That Myrna Loy book is very good. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Best wishes to you!
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