Carol Clayton: You idiot, I did the one thing that would send him away.
Duke Bradley: You did? What was that?
Carol Clayton: I kissed him.
Duke Bradley: And that sent him away? Oh Carol, you underestimate yourself.
Carol Clayton: You don’t understand, Hartley happens to be a gentleman.
Duke Bradley: Oh, well then I’m glad I’m a mug. Kiss me like that and see if I go home.
Libeled Lady is one of those films that was only nominated for one Academy Award, the big one: Best Picture. I don’t have the stats on how often this happened, but early on in the process and especially from 1931-1943 when they had more than five nominees (the 5th ceremony had eight nominated films and the 6th-16th ceremonies each had ten nominated films), this was more common than it is now. Regardless, it is a wonderful screwball comedy with an outstanding main cast: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Spencer Tracy and Myrna Loy. All four of them have amazing comic timing and chemistry to spare. The other films nominated that year were: Anthony Adverse, Dodsworth, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco, The Story of Louis Pasteur, A Tale of Two Cities, Three Smart Girls and winner The Great Ziegfeld.