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Libeled Lady (1936)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Romance | 9 October 1936 (USA)
A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Maurine Dallas Watkins (screen play) (as Maurine Watkins), Howard Emmett Rogers (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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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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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los enredos de una dama See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rumour has it that Spencer Tracy and Myrna Loy had an affair during the making of the film. See more »

Goofs

Spencer Tracy refers to William Benedict's character as "Joe", although the opening credits identify him as "Johnny". See more »

Quotes

Mr. Allenbury: So, you've fished Gluckman's Point? Well, you're an angler all right.
Connie Allenbury: I should say Mr. Chandler's quite an angler.
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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Whistled by William Powell
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Old-time madcap screwball comedy in the best sense!
3 December 2006 | by kimi615See all my reviews

It's always a pleasant surprise to run into one of Myrna Loy and William Powell's legendary pairings. "Libeled Lady" was even more pleasant than usual! Spencer Tracy is marvelous as the too smooth operator, while Harlow shrills her way through the film, stealing every scene.

Still and all, the real selling point of this film is the clever drawing room dialogue and rat-a-tat-tat delivery! One does not see this type of intelligent comedic script come out of Hollywood these days. Full of double entendre, perfectly honed sarcasm and beautifully timed quips, this film keeps you smiling, even as you wince at Powell's adept physical comedy, full of falls and falls and falls.

As for his co-star, watching Loy glow on screen is always magic, the moments that she raises an eyebrow and drops in a gem of a line, well, there's the real abracadabra...


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