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Libeled Lady (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 9 October 1936 (USA)
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When a socialite sues a big paper for libel, the editor responsible calls in the help of his ignored fiancée and a former employee to frame her and make the false story seem true.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Maurine Dallas Watkins (screen play) (as Maurine Watkins), Howard Emmett Rogers (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Harlow ... Gladys Benton
William Powell ... Bill Chandler
Myrna Loy ... Connie Allenbury
Spencer Tracy ... Warren Haggerty
Walter Connolly ... Mr. James B. Allenbury
Charley Grapewin ... Mr. Bane
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Burns-Norvell
E.E. Clive ... Fishing Instructor
Bunny Beatty 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 Hal K. Dawson ... Harvey Allen
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Storyline

Warren Haggerty is the chief editor of the New York Evening Star. He keeps on delaying his marriage with Gladys because of problems his newspapers must face. When a 5 million dollar lawsuit is filed by Connie Allenbury for falsely printing she is a marriage-breaker, he plans a marriage in words only between Gladys and the Don Juan Bill Chandler. The goal is to catch Connie alone with a married man. Written by Yepok

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The Big 4 of Stardom in the hilarious story of a piqued heiress and three desperate scandal-starters! (Print Ad-Calgary Daily Herald, ((Calgary, Alta.)) 5 December 1936)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

During production, Jean Harlow officially became Jean Harlow as opposed to her birth name, Harlean Carpenter. See more »

Goofs

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: I promised I'd meet her at the alter at the stroke of 12. And they'll be no reprieve from the Governor this time.
Ching: I hope you be - very happy.
Warren Haggerty: Yes, said the spider to the fly.
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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Whistled by William Powell
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Snack, Crackle, Pop!
23 August 2007 | by puzzowSee all my reviews

One might wonder about casting 4 heavyweights in the same film-- any one of the leads could carry a film by themselves-- but all together you're afraid that they might either weigh down the film or, ala the "Dream Team" 1990, fail to live up to expectations. But this is one time you time you will not be disappointed-- with hysterical antics by Jean Harlowe, the always dependable repartee between classy Myrna Lowe and suave William Powell, and Spencer Tracy proving for the first time that he can handle snappy dialogue like the best of 'em-- the chemistry between the cast makes every scene in this film a delight.

The banter flies so fast you'll miss it-- this is the height of screwball comedy. When people say they don't write them like this anymore, alas, they really don't.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Libeled Lady See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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