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Director:
Writers:
Maurine Dallas Watkins (screen play) &
Howard Emmett Rogers (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
9 October 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Harlow's best movie, but Powell steals it! See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Harlow ... Gladys

William Powell ... Bill Chandler

Myrna Loy ... Connie Allenbury

Spencer Tracy ... Haggerty

Walter Connolly ... Mr. Allenbury

Charley Grapewin ... 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
William Newell ... Divorce Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Downing ... Waif
Robin Adair ... Palmer (uncredited)
Norman Ainsley ... Roberts - Allenbury's Butler (uncredited)
Harry Allen ... Jacques (uncredited)
Tommy Bond ... Waif (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
Charles Croker-King ... Charles Archibald - Allenbury's Lawyer (uncredited)
George Davis ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Press Man (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Denver Courier Editor (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... Cable Editor (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Steward (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Adams - Washington Chronicle Editor (uncredited)
Charles King ... Barker (uncredited)
Harry Lash ... Photographer (uncredited)

Gwen Lee ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Eric Lonsdale ... Reporter (uncredited)
James T. Mack ... Pop (uncredited)
Wally Maher ... Photographer (uncredited)
Tom Mahoney ... Alex (uncredited)
Myra Marsh ... Secretary (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Steward from S.S. Queen Ann on Dock (uncredited)

Hattie McDaniel ... Maid in Grand Plaza Hall (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Greta Meyer ... Maid to Connie Allenbury (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... Barker (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Barker at Charity Affair (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... Fortune Teller (uncredited)
Barnett Parker ... Butler (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Photographer (uncredited)
Buster Phelps ... Waif (uncredited)
Thomas Pogue ... Reverend (uncredited)
Jed Prouty ... Dickson (uncredited)
Bodil Rosing ... Wife of the Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Eddie Shubert ... Moe (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Photographer (uncredited)
William Stack ... Editor (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Clerk (uncredited)
Libby Taylor ... Tiny - Gladys' Maid (uncredited)
Edward Thomas ... Waiter (uncredited)
Nick Thompson ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Richard Tucker ... Barker (uncredited)
Bobby Watson ... Waif (uncredited)
Bobs Watson ... Waif (uncredited)
Pat West ... Detective (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Steward on Dock (uncredited)
Duke York ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Conway 
 
Writing credits
Maurine Dallas Watkins (screen play) (as Maurine Watkins) &
Howard Emmett Rogers (screen play) and
George Oppenheimer (screen play)

Wallace Sullivan (from the story by)

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Axt (musical score by) (as Dr. William Axt)
 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Fredrick Y. Smith (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Andre .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William A. Horning .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Hugh Hunt .... associate art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Bassman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joseph E. Bernard .... technical expert: fly fishing (uncredited)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | USA:TV-G | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #2585)

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Trivia:
Along with Grand Hotel (1932/I), this is one of the few pictures to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture without receiving any other nominations.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The tail of the plane photographing the Queen Anne is visible in the lower right hand side of the picture.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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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Harlow's best movie, but Powell steals it!, 11 August 2004
Author: Stephen Alfieri (stevealfieri@verizon.net) from Blauvelt, NY

William Powell must have loved the year 1936. It was the year he made "The Great Ziegfeld" (which won the best picture Oscar), "My Man Godfrey"(for which he was nominated for best actor), and one of the best screwball romantic comedies ever made. That picture would be "Libeled Lady". Although this film is widely viewed,with good reason, as one of Jean Harlow's best films, I think that Powell steals the picture and runs away with the best performance.

Not that the rest of the cast is too shabby, either. Myrna Loy as the titled character, and Spencer Tracy as a newspaper editor from Hell, add to the madness and mayhem. And Harlow is at her best in her role as a woman who is engaged to Tracy, and married to Powell. That's as far as I'll go as far as the plot is concerned. Just see the movie.

One of the best points about this film is the fact that it was made before the production code was put in place. Movies like this could be much freer with sexual situations and dialogue, while still leaving much to the imagination.

The film is directed at breakneck speed by Jack Conway, who smartly, gets out of the way and lets his wonderful actors take over.

If you haven't seen "Libeled Lady" yet, you must make a point of watching for it the next time it's on Turner Classic Movies. Then tape it. You'll be glad you did. You'll want to watch it over and over again.

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