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With co-star and future wife Annabella in SUEZ
Like Errol Flynn, Power possessed the rare male capacity to appear poised in outlandish and exotic costumes: the Louis XVI finery in Marie Antoinette (1938), bullfighter togs in Blood and Sand (1941), and mask and foppery in The Mark of Zorro (1940). Female admirers apparently preferred him wearing as little as the Hays Office permitted. Variety coyly noted that his wartime hit Son of Fury (1942) was "such a stick of dynamite at the box office" because the ads "featured Tyrone Power showing off his manly form in a loincloth." Even when attempting to break out of the form-fitting fashions and Fox trots, the actor still seemed clean and classy. Playing the title mobster in the underworld film Johnny Apollo (1940), he earns a college degree.
in ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND
Power returned to Hollywood minus the callow elan. Beginning with his portrayal of Somerset Maugham's philosophical WWI veteran in The Razor's Edge (1946), his screen persona acquired more depth and range. Tellingly, the hunk was proudest of his performance as the carnival hoodlum in Edmund Goulding's Nightmare Alley (1948), a film noirish plunge into a circus world of alcoholic dread.
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