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Libeled Lady

Released Oct 9, 1936 1h 38m Comedy List
88% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 87% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
When a major newspaper accuses wealthy socialite Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) of being a home-wrecker, and she files a multi-million-dollar libel lawsuit, the publication's frazzled head editor, Warren Haggerty (Spencer Tracy), must find a way to turn the tables on her. Soon Haggerty's harried fiancée, Gladys Benton (Jean Harlow), and his dashing friend Bill Chandler (William Powell) are in on a scheme that aims to discredit Connie, with amusing and unexpected results. Read More Read Less
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Otis Ferguson The New Republic Metro's best and latest entry in this field, a frothy thing like all the rest, with touches of feeling, little stagnation and considerable laughter. May 7, 2024 Full Review Jeremiah Kipp Slant Magazine More intriguing for behind-the-scenes gossip than its rather familiar screwball comedy machinations. Rated: 2/4 Mar 3, 2005 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 5/5 Mar 20, 2003 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation The romantic complications are deliciously Byzantine...The wit, the pace, the loopy predicaments, they hold up better than many a comedy of that era Rated: 3/4 Jun 4, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy 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." Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 27, 2020 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Perplexing marital arrangements neatly unknot themselves into satisfactory, insinuated agreements. Rated: 7/10 Jul 27, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Mark B Glad it's over. (#443 in my "watch all Best Picture Nominees" bucket list) Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/26/24 Full Review Audience Member William Powell must have loved the year 1936. It was the year he made "The Great Ziegfeld" (which won the best picture Oscar), "My Man Godfrey"(for which he was nominated for best actor), and one of the best screwball romantic comedies ever made. That picture would be "Libeled Lady". Although this film is widely viewed,with good reason, as one of Jean Harlow's best films, I think that Powell steals the picture and runs away with the best performance. Not that the rest of the cast is too shabby, either. Myrna Loy as the titled character, and Spencer Tracy as a newspaper editor from Hell, add to the madness and mayhem. And Harlow is at her best in her role as a woman who is engaged to Tracy, and married to Powell. That's as far as I'll go as far as the plot is concerned. Just see the movie. One of the best points about this film is the fact that it was made before the production code was put in place. Movies like this could be much freer with sexual situations and dialogue, while still leaving much to the imagination. The film is directed at breakneck speed by Jack Conway, who smartly, gets out of the way and lets his wonderful actors take over. If you haven't seen "Libeled Lady" yet, you must make a point of watching for it the next time it's on Turner Classic Movies. Then tape it. You'll be glad you did. You'll want to watch it over and over again. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Frances H A great cast and a good script make this a fun movie to watch. As usual, William Powell and Myrna Loy are a great film couple! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/21/20 Full Review steve d The cast makes it entertaining. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The whole plot is kinda ridic and filled with hijinks. Gladys should've left Warren a long time ago. However, the movie is filled with chuckles and light humor as are most of Tracy's films. The female costumes are simply stunning. The acting is well done. Its an easy going film to watch if you've nothing else to do. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review david l Libeled Lady is structurally problematic, and simply too implausible and convoluted in its storyline, but still it is very entertaining throughout, and featuring many hilarious lines of dialogue. It mostly benefits from a terrific ensemble cast where Myrna Loy, William Powell, Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow all played off each other phenomenally. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When a major newspaper accuses wealthy socialite Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) of being a home-wrecker, and she files a multi-million-dollar libel lawsuit, the publication's frazzled head editor, Warren Haggerty (Spencer Tracy), must find a way to turn the tables on her. Soon Haggerty's harried fiancée, Gladys Benton (Jean Harlow), and his dashing friend Bill Chandler (William Powell) are in on a scheme that aims to discredit Connie, with amusing and unexpected results.
Director
Jack Conway
Producer
Lawrence Weingarten
Screenwriter
George Oppenheimer, Howard Emmett Rogers, Wallace Sullivan, Maurine Dallas Watkins
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 9, 1936, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 38m
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