Metro refurbishes the old Libeled Lady script with brilliant color, plenty of fun and assured box-office stars. It all adds up to top-notch entertainment. Accent is on comedy with an occasional song in the new treatment.
Eddie Buzzell’s direction emphasizes lightness and speed, despite picture’s long footage. Plot, briefly, concerns a newspaper faced with a libel suit by a rich playgirl and how the sheet brings in a great lover to compromise the gal so suit can be forgotten.
Van Johnson as the great lover and Esther Williams, the libeled lady, team romantically and acquit themselves effectively in the plot development. Lucille Ball is a standout on the comedy end, particularly her sequence where she indulges in an inebriated flight into fantastic Shakespeare. Keenan Wynn’s deft comedy work also presses hard for solid laughs as the newspaper’s manager who concocts the schemes designed to save the sheet’s bankroll.