Libeled Lady (1936)




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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.
Classics , Comedy
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Myrna Loy
as Connie Allenbury
William Powell
as Bill Chandler
Spencer Tracy
as Warren Haggerty
Jean Harlow
as Gladys
Walter Connolly
as Allenbury
Charles Grapewin
as Mr. Bane
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
William Stack
as Editor
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
Selmar Jackson
as Adams, Editor of Washington Chronicle
Pat Somerset
as Photographer
Libby Taylor
as Tiny, Gladys' Maid
Eric Lonsdale
as Reporter
Olaf Hytten
as Reporter
Charles Irwin
as Steward
Eddie Shubert
as Mac, the Circulation Editor
George Davis
as Waiter
Thomas Pogue
as Minister
Myra Marsh
as Secretary
Hattie McDaniel
as Maid in Hall
Howard Hickman
as Cable Editor
Jack Mulhall
as Barker
Charles King
as Barker
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

All Critics (11)

The tone remains upbeat despite all the dodgy dealings, making this a cheery and entertaining film throughout.

Full Review… | February 22, 2016
Eye for Film

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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2008

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."

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Creative Loafing

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

March 14, 2005
Reno Gazette-Journal

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

Full Review… | March 3, 2005
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review… | December 31, 2004
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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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

Stella Dallas
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.

Aj V
Aj V

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