6.2/10
67
8 user

Sued for Libel (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 27 October 1939 (USA)
The trial of Albert Pomeroy on the charge of murdering Edward Webster,arouses interest because Webster's widow, Muriel insists Pomeroy is innocent. Meanwhile, back to radio station NYEB, ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) (as Jerry Cady)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A suicide attempt is investigated by a pair of female police rookies.

Director: James Tinling
Stars: Peggy Knudsen, Lynne Roberts, Charles Russell
Port of Hate (1939)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A group of American adventurers discover a bed of black pearls off a South Pacific island. When one of them is shot dead, a young girl in the group is accused of the crime.

Director: Harry S. Webb
Stars: Polly Ann Young, Kenneth Harlan, Carleton Young
Night Cargo (1936)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

While in Singapore, a man and a pretty young girl find themselves mixed up in blackmail and murder.

Director: Charles Hutchison
Stars: Lloyd Hughes, Julie Bishop, Walter Miller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The story of a criminal who flees with his son only to find themselves trapped in a snowstorm with a school bus full of children.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Bruce Cabot, Ralph Byrd, Zasu Pitts
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young man's mother wants him to marry a wealthy heiress, but the man falls in love with the girl's sister.

Directors: Walter C. Mycroft, Norman Lee
Stars: Enid Stamp-Taylor, Michael Wilding, Basil Sydney
What a Blonde (1945)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Lingerie tycoon F. Farrington Fowler is in a spot as he has ran out of gas-ration coupons. He enlists his butler, Pomeroy, to drum up riders so that he can get extra coupons from the ration... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Leon Errol, Richard Lane, Michael St. Angel
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: James Craig, Betty Furness, Keye Luke
Mutiny Ahead (1935)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A wealthy playboy winds up getting himself involved with mobsters and a search for buried treasure.

Director: Thomas Atkins
Stars: Neil Hamilton, Kathleen Burke, Leon Ames
Certificate: Passed Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Melville W. Brown
Stars: Arthur Lake, Sue Carol, William Collier Sr.
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dennis Carter (Warren Douglas), the head of a detective agency, and his secretary, Henrietta Rankin (Lynne Roberts), get involved in the murder of a scandal-peddling, blackmailing radio ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Lynne Roberts, Warren Douglas, Alan Mowbray
Navy Born (1936)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Director: Nate Watt
Stars: William Gargan, Claire Dodd, Douglas Fowley
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Thomas Carr
Stars: Stephanie Bachelor, Robert Livingston, Isabel Withers
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Maggie Shane
...
Mrs. Muriel Webster
...
Albert Pomeroy
...
Smiley Dugan
...
District Attorney Willard Corbin
...
David Hastings
...
Jerome Walsh
Roy Gordon ...
Colonel Jasper White
...
Chang Howe
...
Judge Samuel Clark
Vinton Hayworth ...
Dr. James L. Bailer (as Jack Arnold)
Leona Roberts ...
Mrs. Trent
Edit

Storyline

The trial of Albert Pomeroy on the charge of murdering Edward Webster,arouses interest because Webster's widow, Muriel insists Pomeroy is innocent. Meanwhile, back to radio station NYEB, owned by the Evening Bulletin, Steve Lonegan waits for a flash from Smiley Dugan so he can broadcast the verdict---But Dugan leaves and asks reporter Maggie Dugan to tip him off it something happens...and something happens when the jury comes in unexpectedly,and this jury comes in with a "Not Guilty" verdict. But fun-loving Maggie, as a gag, phones Smiley and tells him Pomeroy was found guilty, and unreliable Smiley relays this false information to Lonegan who tells a waiting world that Pomeroy was found guilty, signs off the air, locks up the station and goes home...and leaves the station wide open for a million-dollar libel suit. Lonegan and Colonel White decide that the only out from paying Pomeroy a million bucks in a libel-suit is to dig up something on Pomeroy that will force him to drop the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

widow | libel suit | jury | verdict | trial | See All (47) »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Difamación  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Steve Lonegan: Colonel, a man never lived who didn't do something he wouldn't want in a newspaper. I'm going back into Pomeroy's private life. I'll get something on him, even if it's nothing worse than a blonde. And when I do, I'll threaten to plaster it over that front page unless he withdraws that suit.
Colonel Jasper White: But, Steve, that's blackmail!
Steve Lonegan: Sure it is. Do you mind?
Colonel Jasper White: I love it.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on pieces of paper being read over by someone, with the reader's hands included in the frame. See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played by the radio station band for the wedding re-enactment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An Exceptionally Good Programmer
26 July 2003 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This taut mystery, filmed just before "noir" began, is genuinely suspenseful. It has a wonderful jazzy rhythm.

The scenes in which a radio show is being broadcast are fun and -- it seems -- accurate. Keye Luke is as always an asset, here as one of the radio players.

Linda Hayes is a great, angular heroine, looking a bit like Katharine Hepburn. And Lillian Bond, in a crucial role, looks fabulous --especially with the wind blowing her hair in a convertible. She looks a little like Clara Bow and a lot like someone who could have been a star in the 1970-90s.

Calling all cars: Be on the lookout for this little gem!


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?