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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:
A galaxy of stars in a delightful comedy 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:
Rosalind Russell was originally cast in the role of Connie Allenbury which was later given to Myrna LoySee 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:Can't you go any faster?
Cab Driver:I can, but the cab can't.
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Featured in Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993) (TV)See more »
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47 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
A galaxy of stars in a delightful comedy, 23 September 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

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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