Libeled Lady

Libeled Lady

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Director: Jack Conway

Cast: Jack Conway, Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy

     
 

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Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, and William Powell star in this crackling screwball comedy about a cut-throat newspaper editor's scheme to prevent a libel suit that ends up exploding in everybody's face. Tracy plays Warren Haggerty, the managing editor of a newspaper that mistakenly prints a story declaring the rich Connie Allenbury (MyrnaSee more details below

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Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, and William Powell star in this crackling screwball comedy about a cut-throat newspaper editor's scheme to prevent a libel suit that ends up exploding in everybody's face. Tracy plays Warren Haggerty, the managing editor of a newspaper that mistakenly prints a story declaring the rich Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) has stolen away another woman's husband. Connie retaliates by suing the paper for $5 million. This happens right before Warren is about to marry his fiancee Gladys (Jean Harlow). As he has done several times in the past, Warren delays the wedding in order to stop the libel suit. Warren hires Bill Chandler (William Powell), a former employer who is desperate for a job, to marry Gladys in name only and then court Connie. That way, Gladys can sue Connie for alienation of affections and get Connie to agree to drop her lawsuit if Gladys will drop hers. Bill hops an ocean liner to accompany Connie and her father (Walter Connolly) back to the United States, but along the way Bill and Connie fall in love and Bill tries to convince Gladys to drop her suit so it won't hinder his relationship with Connie.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While Libeled Lady is not one of the greatest screwball comedies, it is still a good, very funny representative of the genre, and contains a truly classic fishing sequence. That it misses making it into the top tier is due to minor problems with the script and direction. The former feels a little underdeveloped, as if the four credited screenwriters were too busy concentrating on bits of business and funny lines to devote enough attention to fully developing the characters and justifying the turns of plot. Jack Conway's direction is also a little too consistently raucous, robbing some of the sequences of their impact. However, this is a small price to pay, and the lightning pace certainly has its own benefits. Of the film's luminous quartet, Spencer Tracy might seem the odd man out, but he, in fact, gives a marvelously outsized performance and is unafraid to appear out-and-out silly when the occasion calls for it. William Powell is silky smooth, using his self-deprecating humor to good effect, and Myrna Loy is both sassy and sophisticated. Jean Harlow is vibrant, working her special magic on the proceedings and proving that few actresses of the period could equal her way with a one-liner.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2005
UPC:
0012569591929
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio-only bonus: Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Harlow Gladys Benton
William Powell Bill Chandler
Myrna Loy Connie Allenbury
Spencer Tracy Warren Haggerty
Walter Connolly James B. Allenbury
Charles Grapewin Mr. Bane
Cora Witherspoon Mrs. Burns-Norvell
E.E. Clive Evans, the Fishing Instructor
Otto Yamaoka Ching
Charles Trowbridge Graham
Spencer Charters Magistrate McCall
George Chandler Bellhop
Greta Meyer Connie's Maid
William Benedict Johnny
Hal K. Dawson Harvey Allen
Bunny Beatty Babs Burns-Norvell
Harry C. Bradley Justice of Peace
Ralph Brooks Dance Extra
George Davis Waiter
Jay Eaton Actor
Fred Graham Press Man
Sherry Hall Denver Courier Editor
Howard Hickman Cable Editor
Olaf Hytten Reporter
Charles Irwin Steward
Selmar Jackson Adams, Editor of Washington Chronicle
Charles King Barker
Eric Lonsdale Actor
James T. Mack Pop
Wally Maher Actor
Tom Mahoney Alex
Myra Marsh Secretary
Alphonse Martell Table Captain
Jack Mulhall Actor
Dennis O'Keefe Actor
Inez Palange Fortune Teller
Barnett Parker Butler
Thomas Pogue Minister
Eddie Shubert Mac, the Circulation Editor
Pat Somerset Photographer
William Stack Editor
Edwin Stanley Clerk
Libby Taylor Tiny, Gladys' Maid
Nick Thompson Hot Dog Stand Man
Richard Tucker Barker
Pat West Detective
Eric Wilton Steward on Dock
Duke York Taxi Driver
Harry Lash Actor
William Newell Divorce Detective
Norman Ainsley Actor
Hattie McDaniel Maid in Hall

Technical Credits
Jack Conway Director
William Axt Score Composer
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
William Horning Art Director
George Oppenheimer Screenwriter
Howard Emmet Rogers Screenwriter
Frederick Y. Smith Editor
Wallace Sullivan Screenwriter
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Maurine Watkins Screenwriter
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:34]
2. Reprieved [2:46]
3. Wronged Women [4:58]
4. Chandler's Trail [3:26]
5. The Plan [4:32]
6. Scrappily Married [4:38]
7. Not-So-Fond Farewell [1:56]
8. Boning Up on Angling [3:27]
9. So Nice to See You [3:59]
10. Quite an Angler [3:25]
11. Invitations [2:58]
12. Easily Damaged [1:40]
13. The Chandlers at Home [4:29]
14. Underhand Stroke [2:42]
15. Real Outdoor Man [4:44]
16. Hooking Walleye [3:53]
17. Lights Out [5:04]
18. Dancing Partners [5:03]
19. His Wife = My Fiancée [3:49]
20. Surprise and Pleasure [6:07]
21. Bill Knows Best [3:55]
22. Beauty Shoppe Scoop [1:30]
23. Connie's Problem [4:11]
24. Connie's Proposal [2:12]
25. Off to the Races [2:45]
26. Gladys Speaks Up [5:16]
27. Quiet, Please [2:57]

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