LIBELED LADY
1936, Warner Bros., 98 min, USA, Dir: Jack Conway

Remade a decade later as EASY TO WED, this screwball comedy gem features a veritable dream team of MGM stars at the top of their game. Heiress Myrna Loy sues the New York Evening Star when it paints her as a home-wrecker, but editor Spencer Tracy thinks he can get the suit dropped by trapping the wealthy woman between one of his ex-reporters (William Powell) and his own fiancée (Jean Harlow). Powell’s hilarious fishing sequence is but one of the many highlights.


THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER
1947, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: Irving Reis

Sidney Sheldon scripted this classic comedy, with Shirley Temple as a teenager who develops a crush on Cary Grant after he guest lectures at her school. The girl's psychiatrist uncle (Ray Collins) convinces Grant to play along until the crush subsides, but Temple's feelings only grow more intense in a situation made even more complicated by a budding romance between Grant and his young fan's older sister (Myrna Loy).


AFTER THE THIN MAN
1936, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: W.S. Van Dyke

Nick and Nora (William Powell and Myrna Loy) return to San Francisco, where familial obligations thrust them headlong into an investigation of love and ambition gone murderously wrong. With characteristic smarts and sass, the two chase mystery and murders from drawing room to nightclub to boarding house. James Stewart joins the cast in a pivotal role.


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