Richard Powell

Radio Writer, Screenwriter


Also Known As
Richard Morgan Powell
Birth Place
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
December 15, 1909
October 20, 1996
Cause of Death
Prostate Cancer

Family & Companions

Alice Powell
Survived him.


Nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for both a Bob Hope and Lucille Ball special.




Cast (Feature Film)

Another Dawn (1937)
Clarence (1937)
Captains Courageous (1937)
1st steward
Woman-Wise (1937)
Love Is News (1937)
Insurance salesman
Paddy O'Day (1936)
Taxi driver
The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)
Yours for the Asking (1936)
The Moon's Our Home (1936)
Candy butcher
The Cowboy Star (1936)
Press agent
Hollywood Boulevard (1936)
Pete Moran
Here Comes Trouble (1936)
Rhythm on the Range (1936)
The Case Against Mrs. Ames (1936)
Ferry boat porter
Sins of Man (1936)
Beanery man
The Longest Night (1936)
To Mary--With Love (1936)
Customs officer
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Career Woman (1936)
Court officer--New York
15 Maiden Lane (1936)
Fake detective
The Golden Arrow (1936)
Motor cop
The Golden Arrow (1936)
Motor cop
Wedding Present (1936)
Hotel room waiter
The First Baby (1936)
Father in park
Song and Dance Man (1936)
After the Thin Man (1936)
Surprised policeman
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
The Luckiest Girl in the World (1936)
Woman Wanted (1935)
If You Could Only Cook (1935)
The Whole Town's Talking (1935)
Police lieutenant
$10 Raise (1935)
Restaurant counter man
Times Square Lady (1935)
Your Uncle Dudley (1935)
Factory foreman
Transient Lady (1935)
Lew Baxter
Ginger (1935)
Ladies Love Danger (1935)
Every Night at Eight (1935)
Fresh sailor
The Wedding Night (1935)
Truck driver
Black Sheep (1935)
Customs' officer
Naughty Marietta (1935)
It's in the Air (1935)
Unknown Woman (1935)
Little Big Shot (1935)
Wine waiter
Rendezvous (1935)
Taxi driver
Metropolitan (1935)
The Human Side (1934)
Treasure Island (1934)
Harold Teen (1934)
Blue nose
Operator 13 (1934)
Confederate sentry
Street Scene (1931)
Officer Harry Murphy

Writer (Feature Film)

My Gun Is Quick (1957)
My Gun Is Quick (1957)
Screen story

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Ministry of Vengeance (1989)
Production Assistant

Location Manager (Feature Film)

Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story (1997)
Location Manager
Ray Alexander: A Taste For Justice (1994)
Location Manager
California Casanova (1991)
Location Manager
Alien Nation (1988)
Location Manager
Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger (1980)
Location Manager

Cast (Special)

Dick Powell: Thanks a Million (2000)

Writer (Special)

The Cheap Detective (1980)

Special Thanks (Special)

The Cheap Detective (1980)

Life Events


Served in the army during WWII, attained the rank of captain


Joined the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW)


Movie Clip

Young Philadelphians, The (1959) -- (Movie Clip) Some Kind Of Social Position Wrapping up the 1920’s prologue and introducing the star, Diana Brewster as widowed Philadelphian and new mom Kate, whose high-society husband died, possibly by suicide, on their wedding night, with the rough-hewn immigrant Mike (Brian Keith), who is the real father of her son Anthony, who grows up to be Paul Newman, in The Young Philadelphians, 1959.
Young Philadelphians, The (1959) -- (Movie Clip) If You Brought A Shotgun... Respectable but poor Tony (Paul Newman), a semester short of finishing Princeton, and Joan (Barbara Rush), his affluent lovestruck girlfriend, have decided to elope but get intercepted by his long-widowed mother (Diane Brewster), and her high-powered lawyer father (John Williams), in The Young Philadelphians, 1959.
Young Philadelphians, The (1959) -- (Movie Clip) I Always Used A Diagram Law student Tony, now cynical due to earlier setbacks, is spending the summer helping rich retiring lawyer Wharton (Otto Kruger) write a book, drawing all the attention of his young wife Carol (Alexis Smith), the three of them then receiving guests Carter and Joan (Fred Eisley, Barbara Rush), who was once, secretly, Tony’s fianceè, in The Young Philadelphians, 1959.
Young Philadelphians, The (1959) -- (Movie Clip) Pleasant Or Unpleasant Still in his first scene and semi-shirtless, Paul Newman as summering Princeton man Tony, who has no idea his construction company owner boss is his real father, has to step in when his driver Carson (Lennie Bremen) crashes into Barbara Rush, making probably her best entrance ever, as society gal Joan, in The Young Philadelphians, 1959.
Young Philadelphians, The (1959) -- (Movie Clip) Interesting Heredity On summer break from Princeton, pre-Law roommates Robert Vaughn, as ultra-rich party animal Chet, and Paul Newman as respectable but under-funded Tony, at the polo club, meet Chet’s guardian uncles, Robert Douglas, then Frank Conroy, who appears to know the secret of Tony’s lineage, in The Young Philadelphians, 1959.
Follow That Dream (1962) -- (Movie Clip) Sound Advice Counting receipts from their ad-hoc Florida fishing business, vagabonds Pop (Arthur O'Connell) and Toby (Elvis Presley) get schooled by semi-adopted Holly (Anne Helm), confirmed with a song by Bill Giant and Anna Shaw, in Follow That Dream, 1962.
My Gun Is Quick -- (Movie Clip) It Was No Accident Investigating the death of a girl he barely knew, Mike Hammer (Robert Bray) introduces himself to stripper Maria (Gina Core), in My Gun Is Quick, 1957, from the Mickey Spillane novel.
My Gun Is Quick -- (Movie Clip) You Know How I Hate Dames First scene for the ever-present Velda (Pamela Duncan), assistant to grumpy detective Mike Hammer (Robert Bray), at the office for a shave and business review, in Mickey Spillane's My Gun Is Quick, 1957.
My Gun Is Quick -- (Movie Clip) Lay Off, Greaseball! Opening scene an all-night diner, Mike Hammer (Robert Bray) has befriended streetwalker "Red" (Jan Chaney), whose pimp (Charles Boaz) walks into trouble, in My Gun Is Quick, 1957, from the Mickey Spillane novel.


Anthony Powell
TV reporter.
Alex Powell
Survived him.


Alice Powell
Survived him.



Nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for both a Bob Hope and Lucille Ball special.