Libeled Lady

Myrna Loy in Libeled Lady (dir. Jack Conway, 1936).

Primo screwball antics from Loy, William Powell, and especially Jean Harlow, who seems somehow possessed of a gracefully fluid sensuousness and out of control of her body at the same time. Sometimes her arms twitch like the Bride of Frankenstein for no apparent reason, as though she were overcome with random nervous energy. Spencer Tracy's character is a little short-changed: he doesn't have enough of a share in the funny business, and he's just not that sympathetic. Despite this, the film as a whole is superior entertainment.

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