MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 24,862 this week

The Easiest Way (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  7 February 1931 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 288 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 4 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(adaptation), (play)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10 titles
created 29 Dec 2010
 
a list of 224 titles
created 27 Sep 2012
 
a list of 303 titles
created 21 Oct 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 28 May 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Easiest Way" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Easiest Way (1931)

The Easiest Way (1931) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Easiest Way.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Divorcee (1930)
Certificate: Passed Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Chester Morris
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Gambling-house owner finds himself estranged from his wife and son.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Clark Gable, Alexis Smith, Wendell Corey
Saratoga (1937)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After winning a stud farm in lieu of gambling debts, bookie Duke Bradley turns an eye to the daughter of the now deceased gambler and her millionaire fiancée.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore
The Hucksters (1947)
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Hildy Johnson, newspaper reporter, is engaged to Peggy Grant and planning to move to New York for a higher paying advertising job. The court press room is full of lame reporters who invent ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian
Red Dust (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond
Comrade X (1940)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An American reporter smuggling news out of Soviet Moscow is blackmailed into helping a beautiful Communist leave the country.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Oskar Homolka
Certificate: Passed Action | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A former war hero and midget car racer meets his match with an beautiful independent reporter who blames his reckless tactics for an accidental racing death.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A talented boxer and a gifted dancer hope to increase their waning popularity by inventing a fictitious love affair for the benefit of the tabloids.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Marion Davies, Clark Gable, Allen Jenkins
Inspiration (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Greta Garbo, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Lee is a fresh young kid from the South when he gets a job with The Press. His first assignment on gangsters gets his name in the paper, the police on a raid and Lee in the hospital. He ... See full summary »

Director: John Francis Dillon
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Fay Wray, Regis Toomey
Faithless (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Socialite Carol Morgan romps through the depression and her wealth while breaking up with Bill Wade and getting back together with him.

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Robert Montgomery, Hugh Herbert
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
William Brockton
...
Jack Madison
...
Peg
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Elfie
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Ben
Clara Blandick ...
Agnes
...
Nick
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 February 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Fácil  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Played as background music at Christmas time
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Taboo or not Taboo, that is the question.
7 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Easiest Way is directed by Jack Conway and adapted to screenplay by Edith Ellis from the 1909 play of the same name written by Eugene Walter. It stars Contance Bennett, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Montgomery, Clark Gable and Anita Page.

Obviously tame by today's standards, it's still not hard to see why The Easiest Way ruffled feathers back in the day. Essentially the plot finds Bennett as Laura Murdock, a poor shop girl who grows so tired of sharing a cramped tenement home with her large family, where three to a bed is the norm, she lands herself a rich older man (Menjou) and becomes a kept mistress. This ostracises her greatly and stuck in a loveless relationship, she's in a bad place emotionally. Hope comes in the form of Jack Madison (Montgomery), and the two hit it off right away and fall in love, but can Laura leave behind the wealth for the sake of love? Just what is the easiest way?

And so it is, running at under 75 minutes, pic gets away with what it can by ensuring the taboo nature of the story centre is cunningly evident. Conway and Mescall show some deft ambition with mobile camera work and nice framing shots out in the exteriors. Performances are all credible, with Gable serving early notice of what was to come in his career, and the ending, one of many filmed as the makers searched for tonal closure, works just fine to linger as a bittersweet aftertaste.

Montgomery isn't in it nearly enough given that he is playing one of the key characters, and the big issue of women striding out for their right to challenge society's stone-age ideals is inadequately unfurled. Other than that this is a thoroughly enjoyable piece of of pre-code classic cinema. 7/10


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Gay Divorcee ziegfeldgirl1941
Anywhere available? sergey-woropaew
Discuss The Easiest Way (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?