Friday, April 12, 2024

Thin Woman

Up and at them Thursday morning, I made breakfast and sat down in front of the tv to see what’s new. The tv was tuned to TCM, where I left it Wednesday night. 

I was about to change channels when I saw William Powell in the film that was now playing on TCM. I thought it might be one of the Thin Man flicks, so I pushed the Info button on my remote control to find out what I was watching. 

Turned out that the film was Love Crazy. I thought, “Isn't that the film in which William Powell crossdresses?” I’ve seen photos of his femulation in that film, but never saw the film, so I hung in there despite the fact that the film had less than 30 minutes to go.

As luck would have it, the crossdressing began shortly after I tuned in. Powell's elaborate costume was too good to put together in the short time that passed in the film (he even shaved his mustache!) Despite that, his femulation was very good. His mannerisms were feminine and his voice matched his costume even though he did not change it much from his normal voice. It was the contents of what he said, rather than the sound of what he said that sold his female persona. It was one of the better film femulations that I have ever seen.

Not seeing the film from the beginning, I can’t honestly review it. However, being a Thin Man fan, Love Crazy seemed like another Thin Man film with the humorous give and take between Powell and Myrna Loy. So based on that, I would give it two thumbs up.

Sorce: Ann Taylor
Wearing Ann Taylor

William Powell
William Powell (left) femulating in the 1941 film Love Crazy.
Click here to view the film’s trailer on YouTube.

1 comment:

  1. William Powell was a great actor -- and he did a lot more than screwball comedies. I would expect him to pull off a near-perfect femulation. By the way, check out "My Man Godfrey" sometime. No femulation, but it's my favorite screwball comedy. Carole Lombard's terrific comedy chops are on display in this great film.