LIBELED LADY (1936) B/W 99m dir: Jack Conway
w/William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Walter Connolly, Charley Grapewin, Cora Witherspoon, E.E. Clive, Bunny Beatty, Otto Yamaoka
This is a very funny comedy about a newspaper being sued for libel by an heiress. When the editor decides to "frame" her into dropping the suit, the fun really begins.
From The Movie Guide: "A sparkler from the days when they knew how to do screwball comedy. ...
"LIBELED LADY combines the talents of four first-rate farceurs with a crackling script and ace direction. They all have a chance to shine, but we'll give the slightest of edges to Harlow, who shifts into high wisecracking gear for this one. Don't try to make any sense of the plot; you'll find yourself following its daffy logic just fine. Simply relax and enjoy the merry meanderings of a cast that seemed to be having a bang-up time making this movie. The laughs come rolling off the screen in just about every sequence, but Powell's attempt at fishing and the 'bride kisses the best man' bit at one wedding are two highlights. Jack Conway, a good director of many fine films, isn't quite a Leo McCarey or a Howard Hawks, and this film doesn't quite equal THE AWFUL TRUTH or BRINGING UP BABY. Still, LIBELED LADY stands as one of the better 'screwball' comedies of the 1930s. It earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, but lost to THE GREAT ZIEGFELD."