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.
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
Before the film could be released, the Production Code office once again reared its head. It insisted that a few more tweaks be made to the film in the editing room in order to downplay any perceived suggestiveness. Even after the picture was finally cleared for release, Joseph Breen still demonstrated some disapproval, citing that parts of the story, in his opinion, "reflect unfavourably upon marriage and the sanctity of the home." See more »
Spencer Tracy refers to William Benedict's character as "Joe", although the opening credits identify him as "Johnny". See more »
[Putting on a show for a bellhop and waiter]
Oh, Bee-yill, there's a telegram for you.
[From the bedroom]
Oh, thanks sweetness. Would you open it for me honeykins?
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"She may be married to him, but she's engaged to me!"
Spencer Tracy, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Jean Harlow star in "Libeled Lady," about the attempts to convince a society woman to drop a lawsuit against a newspaper.
Spencer Tracy is a scream in his role of a newspaper editor who has been engaged to Jean Harlow for some time, but his work keeps getting in the way of their marriage and relationship. His whole life revolves around his newspaper. When an heiress, played by Loy, sues the newspaper for libel, Tracy puts William Powell to work, hoping that by photographing them together, he can convince Loy to drop the suit. But it will only work if Powell is a married man caught cheating, so Tracy convinces Harlow to marry him.
Harlow is her usual feisty self. Powell is marvelous, especially in his fishing scenes, which are classics, especially the one in which he literally chases a trout through a stream. It's laugh out loud material if there ever was any. Loy has the least showy part, though she's quite beautiful and works well with Powell, portending great things to come.
This is a very enjoyable film with Tracy milking the comedy for all it's worth. Apparently his comedic work was a revelation back then, unlike today, when we know how adept he was at it.
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