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* ButtMonkey: Gladys takes a lot of emotional abuse throughout the movie: Warren leaves her at the altar for the sake of work, she gets roped into playing wife to a man she initially loathes, and her feelings about all this later get manipulated by Bill solely for Connie's benefit. No wonder she wants to screw over all three of them by not granting Bill a divorce.


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* {{Irony}}: Bill's right that a punch in the nose makes a man look sympathetic to his love interest. However, Gladys ensures he finds that out for himself the hard way.
* LampshadeHanging: When Bill starts falling for Connie and works towards getting her to drop the lawsuit outright. While trying to convince Warren this is the best move, he lists the various ways their original con could be ripped apart in court and how they'd all suffer for it.


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* OhCrap: Three of the four leads when OopsIForgotIWasMarried gets subverted.


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* WomanScorned: After getting jerked around in all sorts of way, Gladys intends to make everyone suffer by not granting Bill a divorce, which would keep him from getting together with Connie, and rob Warren of the scoop about the two's sudden marriage.


''Libeled Lady'' is an MGM ScrewballComedy from 1936. Creator/SpencerTracy is Warren Haggerty, a newspaper editor. His newspaper has just published a story about Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) a rich society lady who supposedly tried to break up the marriage of a British duke. Unfortunately the story turned out not to be true, and Connie is suing Warren's newspaper for a $5 million libel judgment. Haggerty hires ladies' man and former reporter Bill Chandler (Creator/WilliamPowell) to fix things. Chandler hits on a scheme to discredit Connie's lawsuit: he'll enter into a ShamMarriage, then seduce Connie so she can be portrayed as breaking up another marriage. To set up the scheme, Haggerty supplies Chandler with a convenient wife--his fiancee, Gladys Benton (Creator/JeanHarlow), who is tired of Haggerty neglecting her and dodging marriage.

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''Libeled Lady'' is an MGM ScrewballComedy from 1936. Creator/SpencerTracy is Warren Haggerty, a newspaper editor. His newspaper has just published a story about Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) (Creator/MyrnaLoy) a rich society lady who supposedly tried to break up the marriage of a British duke. Unfortunately the story turned out not to be true, and Connie is suing Warren's newspaper for a $5 million libel judgment. Haggerty hires ladies' man and former reporter Bill Chandler (Creator/WilliamPowell) to fix things. Chandler hits on a scheme to discredit Connie's lawsuit: he'll enter into a ShamMarriage, then seduce Connie so she can be portrayed as breaking up another marriage. To set up the scheme, Haggerty supplies Chandler with a convenient wife--his fiancee, Gladys Benton (Creator/JeanHarlow), who is tired of Haggerty neglecting her and dodging marriage.

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* BreachOfPromiseOfMarriage: Mentioned. Warren Haggerty has left Gladys Benton waiting at the altar while he rushes to his newspaper office to deal with an emergency. When Gladys shows up and tries to drag him off to the church, he protests:
-->'''Warren:''' I can't go...the paper's in a jam! We're facing a libel suit!
-->'''Gladys:''' You're facing a breach of promise suit! If you don't want to marry me, say so!


* CommitmentIssues: Warren seems to have a few, as he's always happy for an excuse not to marry Gladys.



* MarriedToTheJob: Warren, much to Gladys' frustration.

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* MarriedToTheJob: Warren, much to Gladys' frustration.frustration--or at least, that's his excuse for not showing up at his wedding this time.


* FollowThatCar: Gladys says this as Bill and Connie speed off from the party to go get married. (It actually sounds like she says "Follow that Volkswagen!", which is mystifying, as the Volkswagen was just then being designed in Hitler's Germany.)
** It's actually "Follow that Roadster."

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* FollowThatCar: Gladys says this "Follow that Roadster!" as Bill and Connie speed off from the party to go get married. (It actually sounds like she says "Follow that Volkswagen!", which is mystifying, as the Volkswagen was just then being designed in Hitler's Germany.)
** It's actually "Follow that Roadster."
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''Libeled Lady'' is an MGM ScrewballComedy from 1936. Creator/SpencerTracy is Warren Haggerty, a newspaper editor. His newspaper has just published a story about Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) a rich society lady who supposedly tried to break up the marriage of a British duke. Unfortunately the story turned out not to be true, and Connie is suing Warren's newspaper for a $5 million libel judgment. Haggerty hires ladies' man and former reporter Bill Chandler (Creator/WilliamPowell) to fix things. Chandler hits on a scheme to discredit Connie's lawsuit: he'll enter into a sham marriage, then seduce Connie so she can be portrayed as breaking up another marriage. To set up the scheme, Haggerty supplies Chandler with a convenient wife--his fiancee, Gladys Benton (Creator/JeanHarlow), who is tired of Haggerty neglecting her and dodging marriage.

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''Libeled Lady'' is an MGM ScrewballComedy from 1936. Creator/SpencerTracy is Warren Haggerty, a newspaper editor. His newspaper has just published a story about Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) a rich society lady who supposedly tried to break up the marriage of a British duke. Unfortunately the story turned out not to be true, and Connie is suing Warren's newspaper for a $5 million libel judgment. Haggerty hires ladies' man and former reporter Bill Chandler (Creator/WilliamPowell) to fix things. Chandler hits on a scheme to discredit Connie's lawsuit: he'll enter into a sham marriage, ShamMarriage, then seduce Connie so she can be portrayed as breaking up another marriage. To set up the scheme, Haggerty supplies Chandler with a convenient wife--his fiancee, Gladys Benton (Creator/JeanHarlow), who is tired of Haggerty neglecting her and dodging marriage.



* GenreSavvy: Warren accuses Bill of stealing Gladys from him, and they get into a fistfight. When Bill hears Gladys calling out in concern for Warren from the next room, he says, "She'll much sorrier for you if I punch you in the nose" and does so.

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* GenreSavvy: Warren accuses Bill of stealing Gladys from him, and they get into a fistfight. When Bill hears Gladys calling out in concern for Warren from the next room, he says, tells Warren, "She'll feel much sorrier for you if I punch you in the nose" and does so.


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* MarriageOfConvenience: Bill and Gladys marry in order to spring the trap on Connie.


''Libeled Lady'' is an MGM ScrewballComedy from 1936. Creator/SpencerTracy is Warren Haggerty, a newspaper editor. His newspaper has just published a story about Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) a rich society lady who supposedly tried to break up the marriage of a British duke. Unfortunately the story turned out not to be true, and Connie is suing Warren's newspaper for a $5 million libel judgment. Haggerty hires ladies' man and former reporter Bill Chandler (William Powell) to fix things. Chandler hits on a scheme to discredit Connie's lawsuit: he'll enter into a sham marriage, then seduce Connie so she can be portrayed as breaking up another marriage. To set up the scheme, Haggerty supplies Chandler with a convenient wife--his fiancee, Gladys Benton (Creator/JeanHarlow), who is tired of Haggerty neglecting her and dodging marriage.

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''Libeled Lady'' is an MGM ScrewballComedy from 1936. Creator/SpencerTracy is Warren Haggerty, a newspaper editor. His newspaper has just published a story about Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) a rich society lady who supposedly tried to break up the marriage of a British duke. Unfortunately the story turned out not to be true, and Connie is suing Warren's newspaper for a $5 million libel judgment. Haggerty hires ladies' man and former reporter Bill Chandler (William Powell) (Creator/WilliamPowell) to fix things. Chandler hits on a scheme to discredit Connie's lawsuit: he'll enter into a sham marriage, then seduce Connie so she can be portrayed as breaking up another marriage. To set up the scheme, Haggerty supplies Chandler with a convenient wife--his fiancee, Gladys Benton (Creator/JeanHarlow), who is tired of Haggerty neglecting her and dodging marriage.


* GenreSavvy: Warren accuses Bill of stealing Gladys from him, and they get into a fistfight. When Bill hears Gladys calling out in concern for Warren from the next room, he punches Warren in the nose to make sure Gladys feels sorry enough for him to reconcile with him. (He gives Warren a tiny bit of warning, but only a tiny bit.)

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* GenreSavvy: Warren accuses Bill of stealing Gladys from him, and they get into a fistfight. When Bill hears Gladys calling out in concern for Warren from the next room, he punches Warren says, "She'll much sorrier for you if I punch you in the nose to make sure Gladys feels sorry enough for him to reconcile with him. (He gives Warren a tiny bit of warning, but only a tiny bit.)nose" and does so.


* CatchPhrase: "The things I do for that newspaper!" (and slight variations) from Gladys.

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* CatchPhrase: "The things I do for that newspaper!" (and slight variations) from Gladys.



* DeadpanSnarker: Almost everyone to some extent, but Connie especially.
--> '''Bill:''' I thought that was rather clever of me.\\
'''Connie:''' Yes, I thought you thought so.



** Also from Warren, when he's trying to talk Gladys into going along with the scheme:
-->'''Warren:''' But darling, it's only for a month--maybe less! Then six weeks in Reno.

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** Also from Warren, when he's trying to talk Gladys into going along with the scheme:
-->'''Warren:''' But
scheme: "But darling, it's only for a month--maybe less! Then six weeks in Reno."



* GenreSavvy: Warren accuses Bill of stealing Gladys from him, and they get into a fistfight. When Bill hears Gladys calling out in concern for Warren from the next room, he punches Warren in the nose to make sure Gladys feels sorry enough for him to reconcile with him.

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* GenreSavvy: Warren accuses Bill of stealing Gladys from him, and they get into a fistfight. When Bill hears Gladys calling out in concern for Warren from the next room, he punches Warren in the nose to make sure Gladys feels sorry enough for him to reconcile with him. (He gives Warren a tiny bit of warning, but only a tiny bit.)



* OopsIForgotIWasMarried: When Gladys confronts Bill, he says that they aren't really married because her Mexican divorce from her previous husband was declared invalid. Gladys then subverts the trope by telling Bill that she went back and got a proper divorce in Reno.

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* OopsIForgotIWasMarried: When Gladys confronts Bill, he says that they aren't really married because her Mexican divorce from her previous husband was declared invalid. Gladys then subverts the trope by telling Bill that she went back and got a proper divorce in Reno.DivorceInReno.



* RunawayGroom: At the beginning of the film, Warren goes to deal with the libel suit emergency instead of showing up for his wedding. She storms into his office in her wedding dress to complain, and it's mentioned that this isn't the first time he's ducked out of marrying her.

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* RunawayGroom: At the beginning of the film, Warren goes to deal with the libel suit emergency instead of showing up for his wedding. She Gladys storms into his office in her wedding dress to complain, and it's mentioned that this isn't the first time he's ducked out of marrying her.


* GenreSavvy: Warren accuses Bill of stealing Gladys from him, and they get into a fistfight. When Bill hears Gladys calling out in concern for Warren for the next room, he punches Warren in the nose to make sure Gladys feels sorry enough for him to reconcile with him.

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* GenreSavvy: Warren accuses Bill of stealing Gladys from him, and they get into a fistfight. When Bill hears Gladys calling out in concern for Warren for from the next room, he punches Warren in the nose to make sure Gladys feels sorry enough for him to reconcile with him.



* ServileSnarker: Gladys' maid, Tiny.

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* ServileSnarker: Gladys' maid, [[EthnicMenialLabor maid,]] Tiny.


''Libeled Lady'' is an MGM ScrewballComedy from 1936. Creator/SpencerTracy is Warren Haggerty, a newspaper editor. His newspaper has just published a story about Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) a rich society lady who supposedly tried to break up the marriage of a British duke. Unfortunately the story turned out not to be true, and Connie is suing Warren's newspaper for a $5 million libel judgment. Haggerty hits on a scheme to discredit Connie's lawsuit: he hires ladies' man and reporter Bill Chandler (William Powell) to enter into a sham marriage, then seduce Connie so she can be portrayed as breaking up another marriage. To set up the scheme he gets Chandler to marry the nearest convenient woman--his fiancee, Gladys Benton (Creator/JeanHarlow), who is tired of Haggerty neglecting her and dodging marriage.

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''Libeled Lady'' is an MGM ScrewballComedy from 1936. Creator/SpencerTracy is Warren Haggerty, a newspaper editor. His newspaper has just published a story about Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy) a rich society lady who supposedly tried to break up the marriage of a British duke. Unfortunately the story turned out not to be true, and Connie is suing Warren's newspaper for a $5 million libel judgment. Haggerty hires ladies' man and former reporter Bill Chandler (William Powell) to fix things. Chandler hits on a scheme to discredit Connie's lawsuit: he hires ladies' man and reporter Bill Chandler (William Powell) to he'll enter into a sham marriage, then seduce Connie so she can be portrayed as breaking up another marriage. To set up the scheme he gets scheme, Haggerty supplies Chandler to marry the nearest with a convenient woman--his wife--his fiancee, Gladys Benton (Creator/JeanHarlow), who is tired of Haggerty neglecting her and dodging marriage.



* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Warren and Gladys at the end.



* CatchPhrase: "The things I do for that newspaper!" (and slight variations) from Gladys.



** Also from Warren, when he's trying to talk Gladys into going along with the scheme:
-->'''Warren:''' But darling, it's only for a month--maybe less! Then six weeks in Reno.
* DrivenToSuicide: What Warren hints he will be if the paper is sued.
-->'''Warren:''' Gladys, do you want me to kill myself?\\
'''Gladys:''' Did you change your insurance?



** It's actually "Follow that Roadster."



* InnocentCohabitation: Bill sleeps on the couch during his marriage to Gladys. This leads to some humorous moments trying to hide the fact that their cohabitation ''is'' innocent, as they're supposed to be madly-in-love newlyweds.

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* InnocentCohabitation: Bill sleeps on the couch during his marriage to Gladys. This leads to some humorous moments trying to hide the fact that their cohabitation ''is'' innocent, as they're supposed to be madly-in-love newlyweds.InsatiableNewlyweds.



* RunawayGroom: At the beginning of the film, Warren goes to deal with the libel suit emergency instead of showing up for his wedding, and it's mentioned that this isn't the first time he's ducked out of marrying Gladys. She storms into his office in her wedding dress to complain.

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* ReversePsychology: How Bill talks Gladys into going along with the ZanyScheme.
* RunawayGroom: At the beginning of the film, Warren goes to deal with the libel suit emergency instead of showing up for his wedding, wedding. She storms into his office in her wedding dress to complain, and it's mentioned that this isn't the first time he's ducked out of marrying Gladys. She storms into his office in her wedding dress to complain.her.



* ServileSnarker: Gladys' maid, Tiny.
-->'''Gladys:''' Oh, I'm so happy! Today's my wedding day!\\
'''Tiny:''' What, ''again,'' Miss Gladys?



* ZanyScheme: Warren's crackpot scheme to paint Connie as a hussy who breaks up marriages.

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* ZanyScheme: Warren's Bill's crackpot scheme to paint Connie as a hussy who breaks up marriages.marriages.
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* RunawayGroom: At the beginning of the film, Warren goes to deal with the emergency libel suit instead of showing up for his wedding, and it's mentioned that this isn't the first time he's ducked out of marrying Gladys. She storms into his office in her wedding dress to complain.

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* RunawayGroom: At the beginning of the film, Warren goes to deal with the emergency libel suit emergency instead of showing up for his wedding, and it's mentioned that this isn't the first time he's ducked out of marrying Gladys. She storms into his office in her wedding dress to complain.


* InnocentCohabitation: Bill sleeps on the couch during his marriage to Gladys. This leads to some humorous moments trying to hide the fact that their cohabitation ''is'' innocent, as they're supposed to be madly-in-love newlyweds.



* LiteralMetaphor: Warren sends off an angry Gladys to crash the Allenbury's big party, and says "There are gonna be fireworks there tonight!" Cut to actual fireworks at the Allenbury party.

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* LiteralMetaphor: Warren sends off an angry Gladys to crash the Allenbury's Allenburys' big party, party and says says, "There are gonna be fireworks there tonight!" Cut to actual fireworks at the Allenbury party.


* CrisisMakesPerfect: More through luck than skill, Bill manages to catch a legendary big trout.

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* CrisisMakesPerfect: More through luck BeginnersLuck than skill, Bill manages to catch a legendary big trout.



* Otaku: Connie's father about fishing.

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* Otaku: {{Otaku}}: Connie's father about fishing.


* BecomingTheBoast: Bill brags about his fishing skill as a way of getting in good with Connie's father. When he actually is invited to go on a fishing trip with them, he has to learn flycasting in a hurry.



* CrisisMakesPerfect: More through luck than skill, Bill manages to catch a legendary big trout.



* GoneHorriblyRight: Bill's GenreSavvy plan to reunite Warren and Gladys succeeds, but backfires when [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale Gladys retaliates by punching Bill him the nose.]]

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Bill's GenreSavvy plan to reunite Warren and Gladys succeeds, but backfires when [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale Gladys retaliates by punching Bill him in the nose.]]



* LiteralMetaphor: Warren sends off an angry Gladys to crash the Allenbury's big party, and says "There are gonna be fireworks there tonight!". Cut to actual fireworks at the Allenbury party.

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* LiteralMetaphor: Warren sends off an angry Gladys to crash the Allenbury's big party, and says "There are gonna be fireworks there tonight!". tonight!" Cut to actual fireworks at the Allenbury party.


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* Otaku: Connie's father about fishing.

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