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Libeled Lady (Sous-titres français)
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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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William Powell , Myrna Loy , Spencer Tracy , and Jean Harlow , with Walter Connolly thrown in for good measure. Tracy , in a
role that predicts todays' media , is a headline hunting newspaperman , that is quite happy to generate a story to sell papers.
In a case of mistaken identity his paper mistakenly prints a story that portrays Loy as a drunk , which generates a libel suit for
$5 million , quite a figure for 1936! A screwy plot is hatched to try to counter the suit by discrediting Loy , which involves
Powell and Harlow. When Powell falls for Loy the solution has to go in a different direction , but eventually everything works out.
Lots of laughs and screwy twists as the bevy of stars go through their paces. My VHS copy is MGM/UA via Turner and thank you
Mr Turner for leaving it in Glorious Black & White!
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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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 morePublished on April 27 2002 by Robert Ortiz
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
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
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... Read morePublished on June 12 2000 by Reviewer
Newspaper editor Tracy leaves his prospective bride, Harlow, at the church to determine why his paper printed a juicy scandal about millionairess Loy......... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2000
This has to be (along with "The Awful Truth" and "Bringing up Baby") one of the best of the classic comedies. Read morePublished on July 27 1999