Roles turned down by William Powell:
MGM had offered the debonair Powell and frequent costar Myrna Loy this script about a long-married couple and their relationship issues.
Actor who got the part: Desi Arnaz
The dashing, debonair MGM star was wanted by director Frank Capra to play "Dave the Dude," but a loanout could not be arranged.
Actor who got the part: Warren William
Director Alfred Hitchcock was very intrigued by the possibility of attracting the suave, debonair comedian to play his dark, tortured hero with a secret.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Olivier
When Barrymore's drinking started causing problems on this production, Powell was approached to replace him in the role of Mercutio. Powell, a close friend of Barrymore's, refused.
Actor who got the part: John Barrymore
Director Alfred Hitchcock won the interest of suave, debonair star Powell to play the "Merry Widow" murderer but Powell's studio, MGM, quashed the idea.
Actor who got the part: Joseph Cotten
Did you know that William Powell was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)