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Libeled Lady (1936)

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A newspaper man, his jilted fiancée, and his lawyer hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news-story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gladys
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Bill Chandler
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Haggerty
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Mr. Allenbury
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Mr. Bane
Cora Witherspoon ...
Mrs. Burns-Norvell
E.E. Clive ...
Fishing Instructor
Bunny Beatty ...
Babs (as Lauri Beatty)
Otto Yamaoka ...
Ching
Charles Trowbridge ...
Graham
Spencer Charters ...
Magistrate
George Chandler ...
Bell Hop
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Johnny (as William Benedict)
Hal K. Dawson ...
Harvey Allen
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Warren Haggerty is the chief editor of the New York Evening Star. He keeps on delaying his marriage with Gladys because of problems his newspapers must face. When it is filed a 5 million dollars claim by Connie Allenbury for having printed she is a marriage-breaker, he organizes the unconsummated marriage of Gladys and the don Juan Bill Chandler. The goal is to catch Connie alone with a married man... Written by Yepok

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Comedy | Romance

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9 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los enredos de una dama  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Powell and Myrna Loy also co-starred in The Great Ziegfeld (1936), another of the Best Film Oscar nominees that year. See more »

Goofs

Spencer Tracy refers to William Benedict's character as "Joe", although the opening credits identify him as "Johnny". See more »

Quotes

Warren Haggerty: She may be his wife, but she's engaged to me!
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Bridal Chorus
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from "Lohengrin"
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"She may be married to him, but she's engaged to me!"
5 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spencer Tracy, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Jean Harlow star in "Libeled Lady," about the attempts to convince a society woman to drop a lawsuit against a newspaper.

Spencer Tracy is a scream in his role of a newspaper editor who has been engaged to Jean Harlow for some time, but his work keeps getting in the way of their marriage and relationship. His whole life revolves around his newspaper. When an heiress, played by Loy, sues the newspaper for libel, Tracy puts William Powell to work, hoping that by photographing them together, he can convince Loy to drop the suit. But it will only work if Powell is a married man caught cheating, so Tracy convinces Harlow to marry him.

Harlow is her usual feisty self. Powell is marvelous, especially in his fishing scenes, which are classics, especially the one in which he literally chases a trout through a stream. It's laugh out loud material if there ever was any. Loy has the least showy part, though she's quite beautiful and works well with Powell, portending great things to come.

This is a very enjoyable film with Tracy milking the comedy for all it's worth. Apparently his comedic work was a revelation back then, unlike today, when we know how adept he was at it.


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