Libeled Lady

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  • Passed
  • 1936
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 7.8  (8,776)

Libeled Lady is a charming, witty, and romantic classic screwball comedy from 1936, directed by Jack Conway and starring an all-star cast of Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy. It tells the story of a beautiful, feisty woman named Gladys Benton (Harlow) who sues a newspaper for libel after they falsely accuse her of being a homewrecker.

William Powell plays Bill Chandler, a suave and resourceful public relations executive who is hired by the editor of the newspaper, Warren Haggerty (Tracy), to convince Gladys to drop the lawsuit. Chandler comes up with a plan to trap her into a fake marriage, hoping that an innocent millionaire named Connie Allenbury (Loy) will be the cause of a scandalous divorce and that the newspaper will then have the upper hand in the legal dispute.

Of course, the plan doesn't go as smoothly as Chandler hopes, and hijinks ensue as Gladys and Chandler try to keep up the pretense of a happy marriage while actually falling in love with each other. Loy's character, Connie, also enters the picture, adding another layer of complication and tension to the already tangled web of relationships.

Throughout the film, the dialogue is sharp, snappy, and hilarious, as the characters constantly quip and banter with each other in a vintage Hollywood fashion. The actors, especially Powell and Harlow, have a natural chemistry and effortless charm that keeps the audience engaged and rooting for them to get together.

One of the highlights of the film is the sailing scene, where Gladys and Chandler take Connie out on a boat, hoping to catch a fish and make their fake marriage seem more legitimate. However, things go awry when the boat starts sinking, leading to a frenzied and hilarious sequence that showcases the physical comedy chops of the actors.

Ultimately, Libeled Lady is a delightful and entertaining film that perfectly captures the wit, glamour, and romance of the golden era of Hollywood. It's a must-see for fans of classic comedies and anyone who wants to experience the magic of a bygone era of cinema.

Libeled Lady is a 1936 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8.

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    7.8  (8,776)