Now With More Than 3000 Reviews! Go Nuts - Read 'Em All!!

WELCOME! Use the search engines on this site (or your own off-site engine of choice) to gain easy access to the complete MAKSQUIBS Archive; over 2500 posts and counting. (New posts added every day or so.)

You can check on all our titles by typing the Title, Director, Actor or 'Keyword' of your choice in the Search Engine of your choice (include the phrase MAKSQUIBS) or just use the BLOGGER Search Box at the top left corner of the page.

Feel free to place comments directly on any of the film posts and to test your film knowledge with the CONTESTS scattered here & there. (Hey! No Googling allowed. They're pretty easy.)

Send E-mails to MAKSQUIBS@yahoo.com . (Let us know if the TRANSLATE WIDGET works!) Or use the Profile Page or Comments link for contact.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, May 23, 2008

LIBELED LADY (1936)


To equal the star line-up of Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy & Spencer Tracy in today’s market, you’d need (say) Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts & Russell Crowe. $75 mill right there. Scary, huh? This well liked IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT wannabee (headstrong heiress, newspaper scam, even Walter Connolly repeating as Dad) lays on the fast, furious, & funny tropes with a trowel (director Jack Conway fumbling the lighter touch of a "Woody" Van Dyke), but becomes first-rate when Loy & Powell let down their guard and charm the hell out of each other . . . and us. Tracy & Harlow have a lot less screen time, but watch for the scene where Harlow realizes Powell is a pretty good egg. They were engaged at the time and, just this once, you can see Harlow totally drop her guard onscreen. She’s adorable.

No comments: