II - William Powell, Gentleman Detective
Before there was noir, there was still the detective. Trapped between golden age mysteries, hardboiled fiction, and screwball comedy - i.e. William Powell's wheelhouse. We look at Private Detective 62 (1933) and The Thin Man (1934) to see what noir wasn't.
Oh, you used to fascinate me. A real live detective. You used to tell me the most wonderful stories. Were they true?