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The Easiest Way (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  7 February 1931 (USA)
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Growing up in a poor working-class family, Laura decides not to marry the boy-next-door and instead accepts wealthy, older Will Brockton's invitation to move in with him. After falling in ... See full summary »

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Growing up in a poor working-class family, Laura decides not to marry the boy-next-door and instead accepts wealthy, older Will Brockton's invitation to move in with him. After falling in love with young up-and-coming newsman Jack Madison she leaves Brockton to wait for Madison's return from a long assignment. She runs out of money and becomes desperate, returning again to Brockton who, upon learning of Madison's sudden arrival, tells Laura she must inform Madison of her living situation or he will. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The original play opened in New York on 19 December 1909. See more »

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When Constance Bennett visits Anita Page and has the child sat on her lap, the fur stole she is wearing drops off of her shoulder; it remains off of her shoulder in distance shots yet miraculously reappears in every close-up. See more »

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Alternate-language version of Quand on est belle (1932) See more »

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Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
(1751) (uncredited)
Written by John Francis Wade
Played as background music at Christmas time
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A great piece of cinema
24 December 2006 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

THE EASIEST WAY is an outstanding film. As so many early talkies it has rather poorly developed episodes, but that's OK with me. The varied & colorful scenes make it really entertaining. Somehow it impressed me.

Many of the scenes are brilliantly photographed : The camera climbing up the skyscraper and into the photo studio's, the opening scene of the poor New York apartment with the whole family lying in their beds, the scene of Bennett and Montgomery on horseback and sitting by the lake.

It's professionally acted by the entire cast. Beautiful Constance Bennett makes her character of the dreamy and uncertain girl totally believable : With a restrained, anxious attitude, never totally at ease. (In real life Bennett had a somewhat different character !) And Anita Page as her more earthy sister. Clark Gable has a small but important role, one of his very first - and he looks quite natural.

The final scene is very unusual and beautiful. It's like a scene in a dream : It uplifts the whole film.

Should be seen in a theater for maximum impact.

THE EASIEST WAY was a huge success in 1931, making Constance Bennett temporary the highest paid actress : In the same year Warner Brothers paid her the all-time high salary of $30.000 a week for one of her her next films "BOUGHT !".


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