He could have at least sucked his belly in a tad. IMHO, It would have been funnier if he, seeing his reflection in the mirror that he was standing in front of, self consciously did just that. Instead, he replies, acknowledging her observation, then walks over to her with his bloated belly almost as if he was intentionally pushing it out.
It was a weird scene because I thought at first that she was being sarcastic and that his reply was dead pan tongue in cheek humorous. On repeated viewings though it seemed to me that it was meant to be a serious observation on her part ... nah, couldn't have been ...could it ? If it was intended to be a humorous scene then it was a departure from the kind of humor used otherwise throughout the movie. He was the one making all the wise cracks and his narrative was self deprecating at times but I don't remember any of the other characters cracking wise about him.
Powell may not have had chiseled looks but in this scene it was clear that he was big enough to land a ko punch. He also mentioned he had worked as a cop at one time - presumably he had some training in self defense and how to take a bad guy down. I wondered if this scene was meant to show the audience that he may have been capable of a little more rough stuff then his rounded face might lead one to believe. Yeah, he was on the
'craggy' side in the looks dept and you can't always tell a book by its cover etc., but, by Hollywood standards, he just didn't look like a 'tough guy' (or a 'lover' for that matter). Physique wise I was kind of surprised when I saw him with his shirt off - I've seen pro boxers in worse shape. He was certainly beefier than say Bogart who was shown on the silver screen landing quite a few ko punches (something I never quite bought).
And before someone jumps all over me, yes, I know that knowing how to throw a punch is also important. Bogie didn't appear to have the 'weight'/mass though (the other half of the equation) - Powell did.
I don't know any people of that generation to ask, and wouldn't have the guts to ask if I did, but why did men wear their pants above the navel almost to their chest instead of at the waist?
Probably the style of the day. Fred Mertz must've been the last hold out.
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Two reasons: if you're in really good shape, it accentuates your slim figure. But if you have a bit of a gut, it is more slimming (i.e., your gut doesn't hang over your belt, and the waistband acts sort of like a girdle if you keep it tight enough). That's also one reason why slightly overweight men sometimes wear suspenders that allow the pants to be up a bit higher--so, again, no gut overhang.
It is better to be kind than to be clever or good looking. -- Derek