Libeled Lady (1936)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  9 October 1936 (USA)
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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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Bill Chandler
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Fishing Instructor
Bunny Beatty ...
Babs (as Lauri Beatty)
Otto Yamaoka ...
Charles Trowbridge ...
Spencer Charters ...
George Chandler ...
Bell Hop
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Johnny (as William Benedict)
Hal K. Dawson ...
Harvey Allen


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Release Date:

9 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los enredos de una dama  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Just before production started, studio head Louis B. Mayer gave Jean Harlow a $5,000 bonus, primarily in recognition of the surprising profits on her previous film, Suzy (1936), which had brought in three times its cost. See more »


The tail of the plane photographing the Queen Anne is visible in the lower right hand side of the picture. See more »


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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Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Whistled by William Powell
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A galaxy of stars in a delightful comedy
23 September 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The beginning of "Libeled Lady" shows its four stars walking arm in arm toward the camera. The stars being Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy, some of the best actors working in Hollywood in the thirties!

Only a studio like MGM could pull this coup. They had in its heyday some of the best and more radiant figures in its payroll. As a studio, it could gather the best talents working in those days and create fabulous vehicles for them to shine, which is the case with this film. This delightful screwball comedy with romantic overtones has kept its luster even after almost seventy years since it was produced. Jack Conway directed with a light touch.

"Libeled Lady" got away with a lot having been filmed before the Hays Code got its grip in everything that was produced in Hollywood in the succeeding years. The dialog is quite frank and sophisticated, even for that era.

Jean Harlow had perhaps her best moment in the movies playing Gladys Benton, the woman who is engaged to be married and has her wedding postponed. William Powell, who was at the height of his career, and popularity, plays Bill Chandler, the man who is called to do a favor to the man that has fired him, by taking an interest in an heiress who is notorious for suing any newspaper that dares to print anything about her that is not true. Myrna Loy is the heiress, Connie Allenbury, who falls for the ruse that Bill Chandler is made to perform, but deep down she has fallen in love with him. Spencer Tracy is the editor of the newspaper in question, who concocts the plan to get the paper off the hook in paying the five million dollars.

In supporting roles we get to see some of the best actors of the time: Cora Witherspoon, William Connolly, Charlie Grapevine, William Benedict, Bunny Beatty, and others that enhance the film with their presence.

The film will not disappoint. It is one of the funniest comedies of that period.

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