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Libeled Lady (1936)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1936 Wide



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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

Mar 1, 2005

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (2) | DVD (7)

A charming cast, headed by Tracy, Harlow, William Powell and Myrna Loy, elevates this screwball comedy, a typically glossy MGM fare of the Depression era.

July 8, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Earns its keep simply for the moment when Loy, expecting Powell to describe her eyes in gushing terms, is instead startled when he remarks that they look like "angry marbles."

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The actors are game but the hijinks are too stilted and tame by today's standards.

March 14, 2005

More intriguing for behind-the-scenes gossip than its rather familiar screwball comedy machinations.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

All-star cast of MGM regulars William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, and Jean Harlow.

December 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Classic screwball farce. Not as funny as it might be, but worthwhile.

November 25, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Libeled Lady

Altho billed with Harlow as the star don't t be fooled. Powell and Loy had already struck box office gold 2 years previously with The Thin Man and so this is really their movie, the studio cashing in on their undenible chemistry together. Harlow and Tracy are only second bananas in this poor second cousin to a screwball comedy. Harlow is in fact wasted as a shrew while Tracy fares only a little better as a foil to Powell. Ultimately a disappointment though.
September 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

right up there with the classic screwball comedies. no idea why it isn't more well known. scenes between powell and tracy are pure gold
March 16, 2011
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

I can't seem to remember much about this movie right now, and reading the synopsis just confused me more. Obviously I gave it four stars, so I enjoyed it, but I'll have to see it again to see why.
September 15, 2010

Super Reviewer

Not what I was expecting. Truth be told I found it a bit disapointing. I just felt there could have been more comdey and less drama. And Ik that the drama is what makes this movie so funny, but somehow it just didnt feel right. It was off by about a quarter of an inch. All the leads are great of corse. I didnt really care for Spencer Tracy or his character though. And lets talk about how Jean Harlows Character gets totally ripped off and confused at the end. Sad. :( But all in all for one of those classics, you have to see it.
April 12, 2010
Morgan Salem

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    1. Connie Allenbury: You can't build a life on hate, or a marriage on spite. Marriage is too important. Mine only lasted an hour, but... I know.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
    1. Magistrate McCall: Well I hope you'll be very happy and don't forget to invite me to your silver anniversary.
    2. Gladys Benton: It'll have to be in the next six weeks!
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
    1. Gladys Benton: Can't you go any faster?
    2. Taxi Driver: I can, but the cab can't.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
    1. Harvey Allen: What'll we use for a headline?
    2. Warren Haggerty: I don't care. Anything. 'War threatens Europe!'
    3. Harvey Allen: Which country?
    4. Warren Haggerty: Flip a nickel!
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
    1. Warren Haggerty: She may be his wife, but she's engaged to me!
    – Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
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