Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
Crooner who starred opposite Ruby Keeler in a number of Warner Brothers musicals of the 1930s, including Flirtation Walk, Footlight Parade, 42nd Street, and others. Powell made an interesting career shift in the 1940s, becoming a tough guy in movies like Murder My Sweet (1945).
He was still in his singing phase when he was caricatured by Warner Brothers cartoonists. The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos (Tashlin, 1937) features a crooning “Dick Fowl”, and A Star Is Hatched (Freleng, 1938) features a very good caricature of Powell singing a medley of military tunes in a Busby Berkley-like routine.