Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1936. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Howard Emmett Rogers, George Oppenheimer, based on the story by Wallace Sullivan. Cinematography by Norbert Brodine. Produced by Lawrence Weingarten. Music by William Axt. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Dolly Tree. Film Editing by Fredrick Y. Smith. Academy Awards 1936.
This is one of the most delightful screwball comedies made in the thirties. Spencer Tracy plays a newspaper man whose job constantly keeps him from truly committing to his exasperated fiancee (Jean Harlow ). When his newspaper prints a story about a wealthy socialite (Myrna Loy) that was given by untrustworthy sources and turns out to be untrue, the libeled lady announces immediately that she will sue the newspaper for five million dollars. Knowing that his job is at stake, Tracy once again puts off his wedding in order to direct all his attentions to solving this problem. The solution? Make the slanderous accusation into a true one. He hires his friend William Powell to marry Harlow and pretend to romance Loy, thus prompting Harlow to discover their affair and sue Loy for ruining her marriage. Done deal? No way! Loy and Powell enjoy the best romantic chemistry they ever had outside of The Thin Man movies, Tracy is energetic and Harlow, in her third-to-last film, is at her wisecracking best.