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Libeled Lady
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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 »
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(15 articles)
User Reviews:
At the Top of their game. See more (52 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:
Lionel Barrymore was originally cast in the role Mr. Allenbury which was taken over by Walter Connolly.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:
Warren Haggerty:Would I ask you to do this thing for me if I didn't consider you practically my wife?
Gladys:Would you ask your wife to hook up with that ape?
Bill Chandler:The ape objects.
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
At the Top of their game., 30 October 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Libeled Lady is yet another screwball comedy about a ditzy heiress. But it certainly is one of the best that came out of the Thirties. All four stars are at the top of their game in this one.

The ditzy heiress is Myrna Loy. Some drunken correspondent from London filed a false story and Myrna and father Walter Connolly want to sue the paper. Owner Charley Grapewin and editor Spencer Tracy are worried. In fact Tracy has postponed his wedding to sweetheart Jean Harlow for the umpteenth time to meet this crisis.

He hires back former star reporter William Powell to get something on Loy. Tracy and Powell hatch a scheme that would involve Powell marrying Harlow temporarily and then wooing Loy to get her in a compromising position. Of course the long suffering Harlow actually agrees to this piece of insanity.

I'm convinced that Harlow's character is the model for Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Adelaide put up with almost as much before she finally landed Nathan Detroit. It's hard to believe that a year later, Jean Harlow was gone.

Myrna Loy is not stepping too much out of character as the heiress. Her role her as Connie Allenbury is only about three steps from Nora Charles. She's a rich woman in the Thin Man also, indulging hobby Nick in his hobby as a detective away from his full time profession as drinker.

The women had worked with each other before and both male leads had played with both women before. But this was the only time that MGM heavyweights Spencer Tracy and William Powell were ever in the same film together. That in itself is reason to see Libeled Lady.

The single most hilarious scene for me is Bill Powell trying to fish in order to get in with Loy and Connolly. His scene in the trout stream landing 'old wall eye' is priceless. In fact Powell's battle with the fish was the premise for one of Rock Hudson's best comedies, Man's Favorite Sport.

And Tracy proved he could play sophisticated comedy. No doubt the reason MGM cast him with Katharine Hepburn later on.

Simply the best. Right up there with My Man Godfrey and all those sparkling comedies Tracy did with Hepburn later on.

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