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Movie Quote of the Day – Libeled Lady, 1936 (dir. Jack Conway)


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Bill: Afraid I wasn’t concentrating. It was your eyes.
Connie: Beautiful, aren’t they?
Bill: They remind me. . .
Connie: Yes, I know. Sparkling diamonds, deep sapphires.
Bill: No, they remind me of angry marbles.

Oscar Vault Monday – Libeled Lady, 1936 (dir. Jack Conway)


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.

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