Libeled Lady (1936)

98 mins | Screwball comedy | 9 October 1936

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HISTORY

According to contemporary news items, Lionel Barrymore was originally cast in the role taken over by Walter Connolly. A pre-release news item in HR lists Mickey Rentschler, Dickie Walters and Mickey Kuhn as children in the cast, but their participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. According to another news items in HR , Jean Harlow was forced to stay out of the production for ten days due to a severe case of sunburn poisoning, and portions of the film were shot on location in Sonora, CA. Libeled Lady was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture Category and was one of the top twenty box-office successes of the year. The film was remade by M-G-M in 1946 under the title Easy to Wed , directed by Edward Buzzell and starring Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Keenan Wynn, and Lucille ... More Less

According to contemporary news items, Lionel Barrymore was originally cast in the role taken over by Walter Connolly. A pre-release news item in HR lists Mickey Rentschler, Dickie Walters and Mickey Kuhn as children in the cast, but their participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. According to another news items in HR , Jean Harlow was forced to stay out of the production for ten days due to a severe case of sunburn poisoning, and portions of the film were shot on location in Sonora, CA. Libeled Lady was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture Category and was one of the top twenty box-office successes of the year. The film was remade by M-G-M in 1946 under the title Easy to Wed , directed by Edward Buzzell and starring Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Keenan Wynn, and Lucille Ball. More Less

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DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Jul 36
p. 4.
Daily Variety
27 Jul 36
p. 2.
Daily Variety
5 Oct 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Oct 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 36
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 36
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Aug 36
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
6 Oct 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Sep 36
p. 39.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Oct 36
p. 47.
New York Times
31 Oct 36
p. 24.
Variety
4 Nov 36
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
Art dir assoc
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Fly fishing technical expert
SOURCES
MUSIC
"You," music by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by Harold Adamson.
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 October 1936
Production Date:
mid July--1 September 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 October 1936
Copyright Number:
LP 6652
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
98
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2585
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

The presses at The New York Evening Star stop too late to kill a false story on heiress Connie Allenbury, so she sues the paper for libel, asking $5,000,000 in damages. Warren Haggerty, the paper's editor, would do anything to get her to drop the suit, although he is happy that it has saved him from finally taking his girl friend Gladys to the altar. Hoping to get themselves out of the suit, Haggerty and the owner, Mr. Bane, reluctantly track down former Star employee Bill Chandler, a specialist in libel cases. Bill tricks Haggerty into a big salary, then plans his strategy: he will marry someone in name only, then pursue Connie and have his "wife" find them in a compromising situation, thereby forcing her to drop the suit. Although she doesn't like the idea, Gladys agrees to marry Bill when Haggerty promises to marry her later. Bill arranges to meet Connie and her father, J. B. Allenbury, and eventually she becomes attracted to him. On a fishing trip, Bill begins to return her affection and he tricks Haggerty and Gladys into postponing the plans. Back in New York, Bill and Connie see each other secretly, while Gladys begins to appreciate Bill's suave attentions. When Haggerty suspects that Bill isn't doing his job, he goes to Connie to plead for the paper and runs into Bill. He then incites Gladys into going through with the plan by printing a false society column linking Bill and Connie. He follows Gladys to a charity carnival they are attending. When Mr. Allenbury hears gossip that Bill may have ... +


The presses at The New York Evening Star stop too late to kill a false story on heiress Connie Allenbury, so she sues the paper for libel, asking $5,000,000 in damages. Warren Haggerty, the paper's editor, would do anything to get her to drop the suit, although he is happy that it has saved him from finally taking his girl friend Gladys to the altar. Hoping to get themselves out of the suit, Haggerty and the owner, Mr. Bane, reluctantly track down former Star employee Bill Chandler, a specialist in libel cases. Bill tricks Haggerty into a big salary, then plans his strategy: he will marry someone in name only, then pursue Connie and have his "wife" find them in a compromising situation, thereby forcing her to drop the suit. Although she doesn't like the idea, Gladys agrees to marry Bill when Haggerty promises to marry her later. Bill arranges to meet Connie and her father, J. B. Allenbury, and eventually she becomes attracted to him. On a fishing trip, Bill begins to return her affection and he tricks Haggerty and Gladys into postponing the plans. Back in New York, Bill and Connie see each other secretly, while Gladys begins to appreciate Bill's suave attentions. When Haggerty suspects that Bill isn't doing his job, he goes to Connie to plead for the paper and runs into Bill. He then incites Gladys into going through with the plan by printing a false society column linking Bill and Connie. He follows Gladys to a charity carnival they are attending. When Mr. Allenbury hears gossip that Bill may have a wife, he warns Connie, who instead proposes to Bill. When Gladys and Haggerty go to their hotel, they discover that Bill and Connie are married and that he has told her everything. Bill reveals that he had discovered the day before that Gladys' Yucatan divorce from her first husband was not valid and thus her marriage to him was a fake. Gladys, however, says that she got another divorce later in Reno and really is married to Bill. She refuses to let Bill go, but Connie makes her realize that she only fell for Bill because he showed her the little kindnesses that Haggerty didn't. When the women hear the men fighting, Gladys rushes to Haggerty and they make up. Finally, Mr. Allenbury arrives and demands an explanation, which they loudly and simultaneously give him. +

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