directed by Jack Conway
USA 1936

 

  Jean Harlow came into her own while making Libeled Lady (1936) in more ways than one. During filming, she officially changed her name from Harlean Carpenter McGrew Bern Rosson to Jean Harlow, the name that symbolized the dream of glamour and romance she had become at MGM. The film gave her an opportunity to live one of her own dreams when she played a wedding scene with off-screen love William Powell.

From a professional standpoint, Libeled Lady marked a return to the kind of brassy comic leads that had made her a star. Harlow had campaigned for more diverse roles, and was happy to play Spencer Tracy's working-class wife in Riffraff (1935), Clark Gable's faithful girl Friday in Wife vs. Secretary (1936) and a World War I singer involved with Cary Grant in Suzy (1936). But the last film was the only one to perform strongly at the box office. And though critics had liked her acting, particularly in Wife vs. Secretary, they were clamoring for the return of the old Harlow. So she gladly doffed her brassier and spit comic insults at co-stars Tracy and Powell in Libeled Lady, scoring one of the biggest hits of her career.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 9th, 1936

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1.38:09
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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• Audio-Only Bonus: Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: March 1st, 2005

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There is quite a lot of damage in this film in the first 10 minutes - many scratches and dirt that I suppose the Warner transfer process was unable to remove. Other than that this is an excellent image - a very nice balance between grain and sharpness - contrast remains strong with excellent grey-tones. Original audio - perfect subtitles - and a radio featurette bonus. Proud to have in one's collection!  

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