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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

When leading lady Jean Harlow was entombed in Glendale's Forest Lawn Cemetery in 1937, she was dressed in the gown she wore in this 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

Connie Allenbury: Goodnight, Mr. Chandler. Don't keep father up too late with your fish stories.
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Soundtracks

Wedding March
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from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Whistled by William Powell
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"She may be married to him, but she's engaged to me!"
5 October 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

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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