Saturday, May 14, 2016

Libeled Lady (1936)

Director: Jack Conway

Writers: Maurine Dallas Watkins, Howard Emmett Rogers, George Oppenheimer, Wallace Sullivan

Composer: William Axt

Starring: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Walter Connolly, Charley Grapewin, Cora Witherspoon, E.E. Clive, Bunny Beatty, Otto Yamaoka, Hattie McDaniel

More info: IMDb

Plot:  A newspaper man, his jilted fiancĂ©e, and his lawyer hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news-story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

Cute movie and not a dull moment.  I was hoping for more of a lightning fast screwball comedy and even though it's not the home run I was wanting, it was still fun.   Myrna Loy had the best quips and retorts, enough to get the only big laughs out of me.  The cast is great and the story moves along at a fast clip as well as the quick dialogue.  Man, they sure had a higher rate of words per minute of dialogue on average than they do now.  They were some fast talkin' mo-fos.  The Warner Bros. DVD only has two extras - the theatrical trailer and a radio program, Leo Is On the Air (14 minutes). 

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