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Libeled Lady

Jean Harlow , William Powell , Jack Conway    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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A society heiress sues a newspaperman, who counters with plans of his own.Genre: Feature Film-ComedyRating: NRRelease Date: 1-MAR-2005Media Type: DVD


Newspaper comedy doesn't seem like an MGM genre--ink-stained wretches don't go with Adrian gowns and white deco furniture--but Jack Conway, the designated bull in the Metro china shop (Boom Town, Too Hot to Handle) does what he can to bring some dash and flair to a wildly complicated script. Spencer Tracy is the tough city editor who goes to some spectacular extremes when socialite Myrna Loy files a $5 million libel suit against his paper for calling her a notorious home-wrecker; he hires celebrated ladies' man William Powell to seduce Loy and asks his long-suffering fiancée, Jean Harlow, to marry Powell temporarily so she can play the wronged wife when Loy and Powell are discovered together. The couples crisscross, with frenetic and not entirely unpredictable results, but much of the pleasure here lies in seeing these iconic stars being so thoroughly themselves. The dialogue strains for champagne wit, but the movie's most memorable moment is pure, rotgut slapstick--Powell's bout with an unruly fly-fishing rod. --Dave Kehr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Romp From the 1930s April 25 2005
By A Customer
Another reason to enjoy DVDs, the remastering of old classics. This is is a thoroughly wonderful farce about social status, pretensions, and finding love. In some ways, it's a traditional costume piece from the Great Depression but really the film is timeless. The show is stolen by William Powell as the con-artist (who meets his match) and Myrna Loy (the socialite who sees through the con but still falls for him). With wonderful performances from Jean Harlow (as the - many times- jilted financee/bride) and Spencer Tracey (the cynical newspaper editor who sets up the con to block a libel suit). The dialogue is fast-paced, with marvellous puns and asides. But the best is good old-fashioned slapstick humour: Powell, who has portrayed himself as an expert angler, tries to catch a fish and you'll be rolling with laughter at the attempt. One of a series of classic films re-released recently and well worth your money. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Star Power March 9 2002
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This film has a plot that is quite complicated to describe, although as the film progresses, it all makes sense. Essentially, Myrna Loy is an heiress suing a newspaper for libel (five million dollar lawsuit), and Spencer Tracy defends his newspaper by using fiancee Jean Harlow and writer William Powell to prove that the story his paper originally printed about Loy was actually true. Relationships then get very tangled as this comedy proceeds. The plot is fun, and some of the dialogue humourous, but the real strength is its star package. Jean Harlow gets some scenes where she cuts loose and shows the comedic range she possessed (might surprise you). Spencer Tracy plays the driven newspaperman with a lot of energy and edge. But it's really William Powell and Myrna Loy who own this film. What chemistry the two had on camera! Of course, they proved that in film after film, and this is a prime example. Witty, sophisticated, sexy are just some of the words for the two on screen. Powell in particular is in top form here, and as everyone notes about this film, his fishing scene is the highlight of the film. Star power is what this film is all about, with a complicated story and some good laughs thrown in for good measure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous collection of star performers Feb. 23 2002
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With a lesser cast, this might not have been the film it is. The script, while good, is not conducive to making a great film. In fact, if one stands back and thinks about the film as a whole, nothing really stands out in any way, except the cast.
This is a movie that is redeemed and made excellent by the actors themselves. William Powell in particular shines in this one, along with the always-delightful Myrna Loy. How many films did those two make together? They were so intensely identified with one another that when Powell made THE SENATOR WAS INDISCREET and they needed a cameo stand in for his wife, Loy made uncredited appearance. Spencer Tracy is his usual excellent self, and Jean Harlow, in one of the last films she made before her tragic death, is excellent as the much-misused fiancé/wife of Tracy and Powell. Ironically, although many assumed that Powell and Loy were married to each other, Powell and Harlow had an affair, and were engaged to be married when she died of untreated uremic poisoning. Walter Connolly, who adorned some of the finest film comedies of the 1930s, also excels as Myrna Loy's father.
All in all, not a great movie in itself, but a movie made great by several star performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated screwball comedies! July 18 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I must admit, I didn't know what to expect from this film. I bought it mostly because I am a loyal Powell/Loy fan. However, since no video stores in my area rented it, I took a chance and bought it, and I am so glad I did. This movie does not seem to have the popularity that screwball comedies such as "Bringing Up Baby," "The Awful Truth," and "My Man Godfrey" enjoy but, believe me, it should. All Harlow, Tracy, Loy, and especially Powell, are at their comedic best in this film. Anyone who is a Powell/Loy fan will enjoy the ever-present chemistry that those two could generate. Tracy gives a fine performance as the ambitious newspaper owner, who is secretly afraid of commitment. Loy is perfect as the spoiled yet vulnerable heiress. Harlow completely surprised me with her comedic range. She comes very close to stealing the show, however, in the end, I feel the credit for the success of this movie falls on Powell. As most of the reviewers have mentioned, the fishing trip is hysterical! Whether he is plotting, smooth-talking, or beginning to feel pangs of guilt for his deception and developing feelings for Loy, Powell is always the one to watch. Treat yourself and see this movie! You won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Funny, A Timeless Classic June 12 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A libel suit, filed against a newspaper that knows it won't have a leg to stand on in court, triggers a chain of events that plays havoc with a number of relationships in "Libeled Lady," a classic romantic comedy directed by Jack Conway. On his wedding day, newspaper editor Warren Haggerty (Spencer Tracy) is summoned back to work before he ever reaches the church; there's a crisis at hand, and he's responsible, albeit indirectly. In his absence, another editor allowed a libelous story to make the front page; a story alleging a dalliance between a certain Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy), one of the richest women in the country, and a married man. When, at the last minute, the paper discovers the story is false, the edition is recalled, but it's too late; fifty copies make it into circulation, and Connie Allenbury sues the paper to the tune of five million dollars. If they can't convince her to drop the suit, the paper is ruined. That's a tall order, however, for the Allenbury's have a long-running feud with the paper (twenty years), and Haggerty knows there's only one way to deal with it: They have to catch Connie Allenbury in a compromising position. It just so happens that a former employee of the paper, Bill Chandler (William Powell), is an expert at handling such matters. According to Haggerty's plan, Chandler will court Miss Allenbury, and when the time is right, his wife (along with a photographer) will catch them in the act. But first, the single Chandler needs a wife, and it has to be a legal marriage that will hold up in court. And Haggerty has just the woman for the part: Gladys (Jean Harlow), his own bride-to-be, still smarting from being left alone at the altar. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enough stars , and enough laughs for two movies!
Here is a screwball comedy , with enough stars for two movies. From the same time period as The Thin Man series we have
William Powell , Myrna Loy , Spencer Tracy , and Jean... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Big Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun!
This is a great movie and a 1930's classic! While the plot may be a bit complex to describe, it's easy to get into and understand once the film starts. Read more
Published on April 27 2002 by Robert Ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film!
I just love William Powell and Myrna Loy films. I really ejoyed this one. I highly recommend it, and would give it ten stars if I could. It's funny, witty, and charming!
Published on Aug. 31 2001 by Rosella Ann Myles
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
one of the funniest movies i ever saw. Has an absolutely hysterical scene of william powell pretending to know how to fish. Dialogue great, plot great. Myrna Loy great.
Published on June 6 2001 by M. S. Butch
5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC THIRTIES FARCE
Newspaper editor Tracy leaves his prospective bride, Harlow, at the church to determine why his paper printed a juicy scandal about millionairess Loy......... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2000 by "scotsladdie"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!
This has to be (along with "The Awful Truth" and "Bringing up Baby") one of the best of the classic comedies. Read more
Published on July 27 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy at it's Finest!
Just looking at the names of the cast members will tell you this is a FANTASTIC movie--Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, and William Powell. Read more
Published on May 24 1999 by "alixy"
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