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Libeled Lady (1936)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 9 October 1936 (USA)
A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee a down on his luck reporter hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth, to stop a high-society woman from suing for libel.

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Bill Chandler
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Mr. James B. Allenbury
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Mr. Bane
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Mrs. Burns-Norvell
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Fishing Instructor
Bunny Beatty ...
Babs (as Lauri Beatty)
Otto Yamaoka ...
Ching
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Graham
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Bell Hop
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Johnny (as William Benedict)
Hal K. Dawson ...
Harvey Allen
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Storyline

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 a 5 million dollar lawsuit is filed by Connie Allenbury for falsely printing she is a marriage-breaker, he plans a marriage in words only between 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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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9 October 1936 (USA)  »

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Los enredos de una dama  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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During production, Jean Harlow officially became Jean Harlow as opposed to her birth name, Harlean Carpenter McGrew Bern Rosson. See more »

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

Quotes

Gladys: I don't care who he is. Nobody talks to me like a house detective.
Warren Haggerty: How do you know how a house detective talks?
Gladys: Don't you think I read?
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(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Played during the opening credits
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Old-time madcap screwball comedy in the best sense!
3 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's always a pleasant surprise to run into one of Myrna Loy and William Powell's legendary pairings. "Libeled Lady" was even more pleasant than usual! Spencer Tracy is marvelous as the too smooth operator, while Harlow shrills her way through the film, stealing every scene.

Still and all, the real selling point of this film is the clever drawing room dialogue and rat-a-tat-tat delivery! One does not see this type of intelligent comedic script come out of Hollywood these days. Full of double entendre, perfectly honed sarcasm and beautifully timed quips, this film keeps you smiling, even as you wince at Powell's adept physical comedy, full of falls and falls and falls.

As for his co-star, watching Loy glow on screen is always magic, the moments that she raises an eyebrow and drops in a gem of a line, well, there's the real abracadabra...


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