Starring Myrna Loy

Starring Myrna Loy

13 Episodes

Wickedly witty and effortlessly elegant, Myrna Loy embodied 1930s romantic comedy at its most urbane. American audiences in 1937 voted her “Queen of the Movies,” and she has enchanted ever since with her lively intelligence and sly humor, her cool poise and warm heart. Loy and William Powell formed one of the screen’s greatest couples, and in the THIN MAN movies they pioneered an ideal of modern marriage as a partnership of equals, nourished by a ceaseless flow of jokes and martinis. A passionate activist for social justice throughout her life, Myrna Loy brought substance and spirit to every film, elevating melodramas, crime thrillers, and comedies with her subtle underplaying, unaffected honesty, and timeless sense of style.

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Starring Myrna Loy
  • Imogen Sara Smith on Myrna Loy

    Episode 1

    The following interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith was recorded in 2022.

  • Love Me Tonight

    Episode 2

    Directed by Rouben Mamoulian • 1932 • United States
    Starring Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charles Ruggles

    A case of mistaken identity gives a romantic Parisian tailor (Maurice Chevalier) the opportunity to woo the princess of his dreams (Jeanette MacDonald) in this exquisite musical, r...

  • Penthouse

    Episode 3

    Directed by W. S. Van Dyke • 1933 • United States
    Starring Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth

    Myrna Loy sizzles in this fast-paced mystery graced with plenty of eyebrow-raising pre-Code touches. She stars as the marvelously named Manhattan call girl Gertie Waxted, who uses her underwo...

  • Manhattan Melodrama

    Episode 4

    Directed by W. S. Van Dyke • 1934 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy

    Famous today as the film that gangster John Dillinger had just watched when he was shot to death by federal agents coming out of a Chicago movie theater, this pre-Code crime drama stars Clark Gable ...

  • Stamboul Quest

    Episode 5

    Directed by Sam Wood • 1934 • United States
    Starring Myrna Loy, George Brent, Lionel Atwill

    Based on the true story of Elsbeth Schragmüller (a.k.a. Fräulein Doktor), this crisp espionage thriller stars an exquisitely costumed Myrna Loy as a notorious, seductive, Mata Hari–esque enemy spy named A...

  • Whipsaw

    Episode 6

    Directed by Sam Wood • 1935 • United States
    Starring Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Harvey Stephens

    The live-wire chemistry between stars Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy propels this snappy tale of romance and jewel thieves. When FBI Agent Ross McBride (Tracy) goes undercover to join a gang of criminals ...

  • Libeled Lady

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jack Conway • 1936 • United States
    Starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy

    Four of the brightest stars of the thirties—Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy—shine in this madcap screwball romance. It all starts when society diva Connie Allenbury (Loy) slap...

  • Double Wedding

    Episode 8

    Directed by Richard Thorpe • 1937 • United States
    Starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Florence Rice

    It’s double the fun and double the romantic complications when a love quadrangle forms in this delightful screwball farce. Irene (Florence Rice) is engaged to milquetoast Waldo (John Beal). The on...

  • Test Pilot

    Episode 9

    Directed by Victor Fleming • 1938 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy

    For every new, experimental airplane, one person must be brave enough to be the first to fly the craft—to see if the plane will really stay in the air. The one to tell everyone who follows him how to...

  • I Love You Again

    Episode 10

    Directed by W. S. Van Dyke • 1940 • United States
    Starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh

    William Powell and Myrna Loy star in a screwball romantic comedy about a small-town businessman who recovers from a years-old case of amnesia, remembers his former life as a con man, and realizes t...

  • Love Crazy

    Episode 11

    Directed by Jack Conway • 1941 • United States
    Starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick

    Everything seems perfect for married couple Susan (Myrna Loy) and Stephen Ireland (William Powell), until Susan’s mother (Florence Bates) comes to stay for an extended visit. Now, a mother-in-law’s mi...

  • Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

    Episode 12

    Directed by H. C. Potter • 1948 • United States
    Starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas

    The comic chemistry of Cary Grant and Myrna Loy propels this subtly sophisticated satire of postwar America’s search for a middle-class utopia. City-slicker advertising executive Jim Blandings (Grant) ...

  • The Red Pony

    Episode 13

    Directed by Lewis Milestone • 1949 • United States
    Starring Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern

    John Steinbeck adapted his own classic novella for this sensitive tale of a young boy (Peter Miles) growing up in California’s Salinas Valley who, under the guidance of a venerable ranch hand (Ro...