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Favorite screwball comedy
This movie kills me! All the stars shine. Powell and Harlow have hilarious punchlines. And Mark, you are so right, the fishing scene IS one of the funniest scenes in film history! 4 out of 4 stars on this classic.
"Don't worry about him. He's a real outdoor man."
- Jeff Boston
Indoor man Powell ("impetuous, friendly, enthusiastic, and guileless") and Tracy ("an old friend of the family") cover their noses at the end, but this is no stinker. Not as good as Powell's "My Man Godfrey" or "The Thin Man" but just as witty, sophisticated, and charming. Only Jean Harlow at the height of her fame and the irreplaceable duo of Powell & Loy could explain fourth (!) billed Spencer Tracy, whom surprisingly was the only one of this fantastic foursome to win an Oscar. This is one of those movies you can watch numerous times over the years and not grow weary of it.
- David H.
I've seen Libeled Lady before, but this time I was amazed by Jean Harlow's acting talent in the scene at the end of the film with Loy, Powell and Tracy. I can see why fans didn't want her replaced when she died during the filming of Saratoga.
- kevin sellers
It's about two physical comedy scenes and three funny subsidiary characters short of a great movie, but this is still an enjoyable hour and forty minutes, with a sophisticatedly funny screenplay by Maureen D. Watkins, Howard Emmet Rogers, and George Oppenheimer that should have gotten an Oscar nomination, and fine performances from the four leads; unsurprising from Powell and Loy in a comedy, more so for Harlow and Tracy. Still, as a newspaper screwball comedy, it's no "His Girl Friday," or "Nothing Sacred." Let's give it a B. P.S. The newsboy looks like Andy Warhol.
- Andrea Doria
So enjoyable! Witty dialogue throughout and even a few moments of hilarious slapstick. I fully expected William Powell and Myrna Loy to sparkle but I was delightfully surprised with Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy, younger and more carefree than I'm used to seeing them.
Gem from the past.
Watched this film with mom in late 50's on the TV late show. It must have had to commercials that divided the continuity, but even at young age, I could appreciate the film I later saw in the uncut entirety on TCM. Before cable, TV bragged about being free, but never mentioned how they could and would chop a great film apart showing the absolute dumbest assrortment of of former celebrities selling whatever. Thanks to TCM which allows ust pay a minimal monthly fee to see these great films uncut.
One of the all time best
One of the funniest scenes in the history of film-William Powell reeeling in the big fish. This movie is so well written and so well acted it can be watched many times and still be fresh. Four wonderful actors. Nuff said.
- Eric A
**** Apologies to Ms Harlow
- Eric A
**** Four stars!, Powell,Lombard,Loy,Tracy.
When reputations mattered...
- Susan Wilson
A gem of the 30's...& these diamonds are not "in the rough." Brilliant dialogue & stars makes for a mega-carat classic.
Lots of fun
This is indeed an enjoyable time at the movies. Rapid fire Marx Brothers style gags delivered by four legendary actors, a plot that keeps you guessing, and all the romantic tension you could ask for. An entertaining combination. Drew Barrymore said in her commentary that public scandal is a timeless story line and this film would be a good candidate for a remake. Would there be a cast in Hollywood nowadays that could pull it off? Classics like "Libeled Lady" or "His Girl Friday" relied on actors that could master the timing and delivery. Viewers got every word. Hollywood can't even make a slow paced movie anymore where you can understand everything.
A winning and extremely enjoyable screwball comedy. Harlow, Loy, Powell & Tracy excel at their roles, where none of them over-shadow each other. The snappy dialogue is perfect for it's era and the story is well-paced and unpredictable. An under-rated, hilarious film whose sole Academy Award nomination was for Best Picture. I give it a 4.5/5.
- Brian Beaudry
- Mark Sutch
Supporting role for Harlow
- Jarrod McDonald
Although she receives top billing, Jean Harlow's role is not the most prominent one in this picture. That distinction belongs to Myrna Loy who is given more to do and has more screen time. It's really another Powell & Loy film, after the huge success of 'The Thin Man.' Spencer Tracy also has reduced screen time in this story. The four roles are not evenly balanced. Often, Harlow and Tracy are used as a subplot, with the main romantic plot involving Powell and Loy. The father of Loy's character seems to have almost as much screen time as Harlow. The film also lacks an ending. Nothing's been resolved by the final frame of the picture. But what does make this effort stand out are the performances of the actors. And the fishing scene where Powell keeps being pulled into the water provides some great physical comedy.
Libeled Lady (1936)
This is among the best of the classic comedies. What a cast - Powell, Loy, Tracy, Harlow..and the latter is at her wisecracking best. Superb direction and writing, a delight from start to finish. Superb.
A four-star comedy...literally
Take four legendary stars (plus one of the all-time great supporting actors) at the top of their game, give them a solid script, and you have one of the best comedies of the 1930s. "Libeled Lady" ranks with "Nothing Sacred" and "His Girl Friday" as one of the best newspaper comedies ever, and perhaps the only weak spot is the rather abrupt ending. William Powell (in his career peak year of 1936), Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow all interact beautifully, and the always-reliable Walter Connolly (as heiress Loy's wealthy father) is excellent. The script, full of romantic asides, is as pre-Code as post-Code films could get (well, aside from "The Miracle Of Morgan's Creek"), and Powell's scene where he tries to pass himself off as a champion angler is sublime. Simply great stuff that can still draw laughs more than 70 years after it was made.