There's no mistake why Crowley's people love these movies. They seem to go straight from Id to Superego, bypassing Ego entirely. They are the most miraculous exercises of technical perfection put to such a crass razzle-dazzle, probably most easily identified as "American" more than any other director's work.
cognitivedissonance Also, Dick Powell went on to play a bunch of film noir detectives and had the misfortune of directing Howard Hughes' "The Conqueror", starring John Wayne as Genghis Khan. It was downwind from atomic bomb testing and everybody on set eventually got cancer. He apparently lobbied hard for the Fred MacMurray role in "Double Indemnity".