Libeled Lady

Synopsis: Warren Haggerty is the chief editor of the New York Evening Star. He keeps on delaying his marriage with Gladys because of problems his newspapers must face. When a 5 million dollar lawsuit is filed by Connie Allenbury for falsely printing she is a marriage-breaker, he plans a marriage in words only between Gladys and the Don Juan Bill Chandler. The goal is to catch Connie alone with a married man.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Jack Conway
Production: Warner Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Press Room.


Hold everything for a new front page!

We're killing the Allenbury yarn.

Hey, Mack, hold everything.

Wait for a makeover.

- What happened, Allen?

- Don't load anymore.

- Hold it, boys.

- Unload all of them.

We're trying to kill a story.

Have any trucks gone out?

- How about it, Joe?

- Number 7.

Call him back.

But he's gone.

Times Square and Columbus Circle.

Rush a motorcycle after him. Hurry up!

We've got to get those papers back.

Every one.

Pete, get on your machine

and stop truck number 7.


Phone all the stands on that route

not to sell any papers.

Are you ringing Haggerty?

All right, all right! Try him again.

- Go to Haggerty's apartment. 52nd Street...

- I know where he lives.

Won't he be at church?

Isn't he getting married at noon?

You grab a taxi to the church.

Bring him here.

- I can't bust up his wedding.

- If we don't, it's our funeral.

Step on it! Keep on ringing him.

Don't answer it. I've had enough gags

pulled on me this morning.

Maybe Miss Benton again. I'm afraid...

You're afraid? I'm marrying her,

and you're afraid.

That's loyalty.

She say before, "If you're late,

she going tear down church. "

Even that won't stop it.

No, Ching, I promised I'd meet her

at the altar at the stroke of 12:00.

And there'll be no reprieve

from the governor this time.

- I hope you'll be very happy.

- Yes, said the spider to the fly.

- Very pretty.

- I'm the groom, not the bride.

Take my advice, Ching.

Don't ever get married.

Maybe not so bad, Mr. Haggerty.

My mother and father, they get married.

You're kidding.

Here's to the last mile.

A merry marriage

and many happy comebacks.

Mr. Haggerty!

- What's wrong?

- You're wanted at the office right away.

Good old governor. Good old office!

Run to the church

and tell Miss Benton I've been delayed.

It's awful to bust up your wedding.

Never mind the wedding.

Something break?

- The story they had to kill.

- What story?

The London correspondent

cabled last night.

A swell story on the Allenbury girl.

Connie Allenbury? What kind of story?

She was mixed up

in some scrape at a garden party.

Tried to steal another girl's husband.

- Not Connie Allenbury?

- Yes, sir.

All right, what happened?

Jackson cabled this morning.

It was all a mistake.

It was somebody else.

She wasn't at the party.

And we printed the story?

Holy mackerel! Come on.

Wait. You said not to stop for anything...

but you've got to have your pants.

Yeah, yeah. I gotta have my pants.

Can't I stay away for one day

without somebody pulling a boner?

You call yourself a newspaperman.

Where's your nose?

- My nose?

- Yes, your nose!

That thing fairly reeks of alcohol!

Jackson was drunk.

You got to smell things like that.

You don't need any brains.

All you need is a nose!

- I knew the boss hated her father...

- And her father hates us!

He'd blow us up,

and you hand him dynamite.

The one girl that we should handle

with kid gloves...

and you spread her name

over the front page! What?

- What'll we use for a headline?

- I don't care.

"War threatens Europe!"

- Which country?

- Flip a nickel!

Yes, sir.

The boss is here. He wants you right away.

Does he want me or my job?

Have you got a drink?

There's a fresh bottle on your desk.

I thought you'd need one.

I'll need it, and how.

I knew I'd find you

with a drink in your hand.

- What are you doing here?

- What are you doing here?

What? Didn't Ching tell you?

Yes, Ching told me, and I told him,

and now I'm telling you.

I won't stand for it.

You can't do this to me, Warren Haggerty.

Not to me!

First it was a fire at sea.

Then it was a kidnapping.

- What's the gag this time?

- Darling, there's no gag.

- The newspaper's made a mistake.

- So has little Gladys.

Engaged to a newspaperman.

Joe Simpson never treated me like this.

- Then why did you divorce him?

- I've asked myself that many times.

Gladdie, after all, you got no kick.

I haven't?

First, you said a trip to Bermuda.

- You went to Bermuda.

- But alone. Then it was Europe.

If I wait another year,

it'll be Little America. I won't.

- I tell you, I can't get away.

- It's not Europe. It's the church.

It only takes 20 minutes to get married.

- But, Gladdie, the trip.

- I'll take Battery Park.

I'm going to take you

on the greatest trip a girl ever had...

just as soon as we settle the suit.

Nothing doing. For two years

I played second fiddle to this paper!

But the boss is waiting for me.

The preacher's waiting, too. Get your hat.

I can't go...

the paper's in a jam!

We're facing a libel suit!

You're facing a breach of promise suit!

If you don't want to marry me, say so!

Gladdie, you're getting yourself

all upset, darling.

- A little drinkie, maybe?

- Not today I don't.

Today, I get married!

- Well, I...

- Didn't they say I wanted to see you?

Say, what is this?

Do I own a paper or a lunatic asylum?

- You just took the words out of my mouth.

- Mr. Bane, my future wife.

Nonsense! I'll be in my office!

Get rid of this woman!

Take it easy, that's the owner of the paper.

I don't care who he is. Nobody talks

to me like a house detective.

How do you know

how a house detective talks?

Don't you think I read? Where are you...

No, you don't. If you think that you can...

Gladdie, darling.

Now, you tell the preacher to wait...

and I'll phone you just the minute I'm free,

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Maurine Dallas Watkins

Maurine Dallas Watkins (July 27, 1896 – August 10, 1969) was an American journalist and playwright. In the 1920s she wrote the stage play Chicago (1926), about women accused of murder, the press, celebrity criminals, and the corruption of justice. Her play had a successful run on Broadway, during the roaring twenties — the play was then adapted twice for film. Watkins went on to write screen-plays in Hollywood, eventually retiring to Florida. After her death in 1969, Chicago was adapted in 1977 as a successful Broadway stage musical, which developed into an award winning 2002 film version. more…

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