Libeled Lady

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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...
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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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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • UPC: 012569591929
  • Original Release: 1936
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

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
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
James T. Mack Pop
Wally Maher
Tom Mahoney Alex
Myra Marsh Secretary
Alphonse Martell Table Captain
Jack Mulhall
Dennis O'Keefe
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
William Newell Divorce Detective
Norman Ainsley
Hattie McDaniel Maid in Hall
Technical Credits
Jack Conway Director
Dr. 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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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Leo Is on the Air
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love William Powell and Myrna Loy Together!!

    This movie was great. Once again William Powell and Myrna Loy pull off a fantastic acting job. They are absolutely wonderful together. This movie rates right up with the Thin Man series. I would definitely recommend this movie. Even if you're not a fan of old movies, you'll definitely enjoy this. Great story line!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A nice surprise

    You might think at first glance, "another old black & white ancient movie". But this one is entertaining. The cast including William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy bring this little ditty along and keep you sucked in so that its hard to run of the the fridge, a very nice ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2003

    The Greatest Unkown Comedy Ever Made

    I can't believe that few have ever seen or heard about this film. Yet Leonard Maltin's TV Video Guide gives it a 4 star rating - the highest a movie can get in his book. It's better than the ''Philedlphia Story'', ''It Happened One Night'' or ''The Thin Man'' (a personal favourite of mine)- pictures which all get high praise in film lore. It was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in 1936 - so how come no one has ever heard of this film? Why this is not one of the 30's screen classics is beyond me. Four huge stars in Powell, Loy, Harlow and Tracy. I've seen this movie about 50 times (I taped off of the TV in the 80's and have only seen it listed in the TV Guide twice since then)and can recite the dialogue verbatim - which is sharp and doesn't miss a beat. Get this movie - you won't be sorry! It is the best sophisticated comedy of the 30's - the Best!!! And I've seen them all!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    Really funny!

    When a newspaper accidentally prints a false story about an heiress (Myrna Loy), she slaps them with a $5 million lawsuit. The editor of the paper (Spencer Tracy) along with his fiancee (Jean Harlow) and former colleague (William Powell) come up with a scheme to make her drop the lawsuit, but it backfires when romantic entaglements get in the way. All the stars give great performances in this fast paced comedy that also features Walter Connolly and very clever dialogue. Highly recommended!

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