Libeled Lady (1936) - Rotten Tomatoes

Libeled Lady (1936)




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Movie Info

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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Howard Emmett Rogers, George Oppenheimer, Maurine Dallas Watkins, Wallace Sullivan, Howard Emmet Rogers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2005
Warner Home Video


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 Wa...
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 Wa...
Pat Somerset
as Photographer
Libby Taylor
as Tiny, Gladys' Maid
Eric Lonsdale
as Reporter
Olaf Hytten
as Reporter
Eddie Shubert
as Mac, the Circulatio...
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 P...
Robin Adair
as Palmer, the English...
Charles Croker King
as Charles Archibald, ...
Sherry Hall
as Denver Courier Edito...
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 (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | December 6, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

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

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

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

Super Reviewer

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