Libeled Lady

1936

Libeled Lady

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In this film, William Powell and Myrna Loy star as Bill Chandler and Connie Allenbury. She's an heiress, while he's a former newspaper man. Bill is enlisted by his ex-boss to get the goods on Connie, who turns around and sues the paper for libel.

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Cast

Myrna Loy
as Connie Allenbury
William Powell
as Bill Chandler
Spencer Tracy
as Warren Haggerty
Walter Connolly
as Allenbury
Cora Witherspoon
as Mrs. Burns-Norvell
E.E. Clive
as Fishing Instructor
Spencer Charters
as Magistrate McCall
Greta Meyer
as Connie's Maid
Hal K. Dawson
as Harvey Allen
Fred Graham
as Press Man
Selmer Jackson
as Adams, Editor of Washington Chronicle
William Newell
as Divorce Detective
Duke York
as Taxi Driver
Pat West
as Detective
Wally Maher
as Photographer
Pinky Parker
as Photographer
Harry Lash
as Photographer
Pat Somerset
as Photographer
Selmar Jackson
as Adams, Editor of Washington Chronicle
Libby Taylor
as Tiny, Gladys' Maid
Eric Lonsdale
as Reporter
Olaf Hytten
as Reporter
Eddie Shubert
as Mac, the Circulation Editor
Thomas Pogue
as Minister
Myra Marsh
as Secretary
Hattie McDaniel
as Maid in Hall
Howard Hickman
as Cable Editor
Nick Thompson
as Hot Dog Stand Man
Inez Palange
as Fortune Teller
Harry C. Bradley
as Justice of Peace
Bodil Rosing
as Wife of Justice of Peace
Robin Adair
as Palmer, the English Reporter
Charles Croker King
as Charles Archibald, the Lawyer
Sherry Hall
as Denver Courier Editor
Alphonse Martell
as Table Captain
Eric Wilton
as Steward on Dock
Jay Eaton
as Dance Extra
Ralph Brooks
as Dance Extra
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Critic Reviews for Libeled Lady

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Audience Reviews for Libeled Lady

  • Feb 01, 2017
    This movie features Hollywood royalty in 1936: Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, William Powell, and Spencer Tracy - that's quite a cast. And it's an interesting premise: Loy is the daughter of a rich businessman who is suing Spencer Tracy's newspaper for libel. Tracy is about to get married to Harlow, but puts off the wedding in order to deal with that, and turns to Powell to 'make it go away'. Their plan is to have Powell get on a ship crossing the ocean that he knows Loy and her father will be on, seduce her into getting into a compromising position, and then have someone burst in on them so that they can threaten her with a suit of their own. To make that work, Powell first gets married to Harlow, so that Loy would be subject to an "alienation of affection" lawsuit (a law that has since been abolished in most but not all states). Harlow isn't happy, but goes along with that because of Tracy's predicament, and because she knows she can later get a divorce. Not surprisingly, things don't go as planned. I loved the banter between Loy and Powell, as she dislikes him at the outset, and suspects he's scheming at something, she's just not sure what. The fishing trip she and her father take him on has some priceless slapstick comedy from Powell, and it's fun to see Loy out there fishing. Things get complicated as Harlow begins falling for Powell, and the movie finishes strong, with a nice twist in what is a great final scene. The movie was worthy of its nomination for Best Picture, but it was in a year when another Powell/Loy vehicle would win it ("The Great Ziegfeld"). It's a bit odd to me that it's considered a "screwball comedy"; I don't think that's the right designation at all, but it's fun, will make you smile, and is definitely worth watching.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    A great madcap comedy with its characters in a whirlwind to prevent a libel suit. Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy and Bill Powell up the ante on the screwball by playing off of each other marvelously.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2011
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2011
    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
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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