LIBELED LADY (1936) Insert poster


Vintage original 36 x 14″ (90 x 35 cm.) insert poster, USA. Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Walter Connolly, Charley Grapewin, dir: Jack Conway; MGM. Poster was folded and it has now been paper-backed and cleaned. The folds have been lightly addressed. There was a 4″ (10 cm.) crease just above the top third fold from the left edge in and one 2″ (5 cm.) tear at the bottom margin at the lower portion of Jean Harlow’s shoulder, both professionally addressed. Pinholes addressed at corners. Very good.

One of the finest screwball comedies of the 1930s. A most popular genre, this time given the opulent MGM treatment with all-star cast, Cedric Gibbons’ art direction and Lawrence Weingarten as producer.

When a false news story about a high society woman is hatched, the newspaper man, his jilted and his lawyer set out to make the story true before she can sue for libel. George Oppenheimer, Howard Emmett Rogers and Maurine Watkins adapted the Wallace Sullivan story, which was so popular that MGM resurrected it in a remake some ten years later. Though Harlow and Powell were a couple in real life at the time, audiences wanted more and more of the Powell/Loy team, and this was the fifth of their 14 films together.

Jean Harlow loved the costumes made for her by Dolly Tree, and when she died a year after the making of this film, she was entombed in the gown Tree made for her role of Gladys Benton.

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