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Libeled Lady (1936)

Jean Harlow , William Powell , Jack Conway  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Walter Connolly
  • Directors: Jack Conway
  • Writers: George Oppenheimer, Howard Emmett Rogers, Maurine Dallas Watkins, Wallace Sullivan
  • Producers: Lawrence Weingarten
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Z2KY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Libeled Lady" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A society heiress sues a newspaperman, who counters with plans of his own.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: NR
Release Date: 1-MAR-2005
Media Type: DVD

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun! April 27, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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. To make a long story short, a newspaper accidentally prints a false story involving an heiress (Myrna Loy) who then slaps the paper with a five million-dollar lawsuit. The editor of the paper (Spencer Tracy) concocts an elaborate scheme involving his fiancée (Jean Harlow) and former colleague (William Powell) in hopes of having the lawsuit dropped. Everything seems to go according to plan, but romantic entanglements soon abound and everything spins hilariously out of control. This is a great film that's held neatly together with witty dialogue and fueled by the first rate performances of its lead stars Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, William Powell and Jean Harlow. Highly recommended!
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster treatment for a great comedy classic July 25, 2005
Format:DVD
Warner Brothers brought this great screwball comedy to DVD with much fanfare, but did absolutely nothing to clean or restore the battered print that has been used for the VHS for nearly 20 years. Frames are actually missing in some scenes, and scratches are evident throughout. The contrast in the original silver nitrate print was dazzling -- this is fuzzy at best. I'm glad to see this film on DVD, but honestly, how hard would it have been to clean it up a bit?? The technology could have really made this old beauty shine.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!! This is my favorite screwball comedy June 18, 2006
Format:DVD
This is one of the best (if not THE best) pure screwball comedies of the 1930's. Next to the original Thin Man movie, Libeled Lady is my favorite Powell/Loy effort. This time, the magic chemistry of that oft-paired duo is enhanced by the box office-drawing talents of fellow mega-stars Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow. The first shot of the movie celebrates this happy collaboration as the four top-drawer actors merrily, confidently stride arm-in-arm toward the camera.

The plot is convoluted. The Star has erroneously printed a story about heiress Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy), portraying her as a marriage wrecker. Connie immediately files a 5 million dollar libel suit. Star newspaper editor Warren Haggerty (Spencer Tracy) counteracts by hiring on suave fellow newspaperman Bill Chandler (William Powell) to romance Connie and place her in a compromising position, thus negating the lawsuit. Haggerty convinces his harried, long-suffering fiancee Gladys Benton (Jean Harlow) to instead marry the bachelor Chandler as part of the scheme. Things get really tricky when Gladys falls for Chandler and Chandler falls for Connie, who eventually falls for Chandler. And Haggerty? He pretty much spends the movie just seething. Yet everything ends fairly well, even if there's still lingering confusion as to who is exactly married to whom.

Libeled Lady boasts mix-ups and complications galore and couples matching, cross-matching and mismatching. Sophisticated wit blends with full blown physical comedy. Delicious acting is laid in by four stars who, throughout their film careers, never ever lost their prime. Powell proves again his mastery of the confused double-take and, along with the wry, understated Myrna Loy, dominates the refined repartees.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated screwball comedies! July 18, 2000
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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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Published 6 hours ago by Charles Dance
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad to find this OOP MGM gem for such a reasonable price when it...
I could not believe I got such a good copy of this at such a wonderful price since it is not OOP. Arrived intact, on time and as described. Thank you....Great seller..
Published 23 hours ago by A. L. Owens Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars especially when it comes to classic films like this one
As an avid movie buff, especially when it comes to classic films like this one, this is a definite welcome to my large and growing home library collection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wa2oosy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I love William Powell and Myrna Loy. This is an excellent Movie and I highly recommend it. Great prices too.
Published 3 months ago by Tiger fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
I am looking at some of the videos I have bought online here and thinking, "Wow, if I had only waited I have probably seen ten copies since in the used bookstore," but this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sheryl Zettner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Height of Witty Screwball Comedy: Gotta Catch It
Libeled Lady, (1936). This Oscar-nominated classic screwball comedy/romance is a brisk 98 minute, black and white film directed by Jack Conway. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stephanie De Pue
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar example of why they used to call Hollywood "golden"
If you like the films of classic Hollywood at all, you'll probably recognize that a film starring William Powell, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, and Myrna Loy would have to be pretty... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ShowBizBuff
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of screwball comedies
totally enjoy '30s-40s screwball comedy with fine actors.....spencer tracy, william powell, and jean harlow. the came on time and perfectly packaged by Geneva books.
Published 16 months ago by REAL FILM FAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Nuetral
I have no idea about this product, bought it for my girlfriend which is why I am saying 3 stars is nuetral.
Published 17 months ago by Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Libeled Lady
Delicious sophisticated comedy teaming Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, William Powell and Spencer Tracy. What a cast! One of the great MGM movies. Highly recomended.
Published 19 months ago by Richard G. Lewis
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