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Easy Living (1937)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  16 July 1937 (USA)
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J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending family. He takes his wife's just-bought (very expensive) sable coat and throws it out the window, it lands on poor ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mary Smith
J.B. Ball
John Ball Jr.
Luis Alberni ...
Mr. Louis Louis
Mrs. Jenny Ball
Franklin Pangborn ...
Van Buren
Barlowe Borland ...
Mr. Gurney
Wallace Whistling
Andrew Tombes ...
E.J. Hulgar
Esther Dale ...
Harlan Briggs ...
Mr. Higgenbottom - Office Manager
William B. Davidson ...
Mr. Lester Hyde
Nora Cecil ...
Miss Swerf
Robert Greig ...
Graves - Ball's Butler


J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending family. He takes his wife's just-bought (very expensive) sable coat and throws it out the window, it lands on poor hard-working girl Mary Smith. But it isn't so easy to just give away something so valuable, as he soon learns. Written by Ken Yousten <>

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sable | financier | wealth | steel | hotel | See more »


It's dizzy - it's daffy, It's cockeyed - it's laughy! (original poster) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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16 July 1937 (USA)  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


During automat free-for-fall, one of the customers drops a tray full of dishes which are clearly attached to the tray and don't even move when tray hits the floor. See more »


Mr. Louis Louis: [points to icebox] Gasbox.
Mary Smith: What?
Mr. Louis Louis: They tell me it works with gas, but I don't believe it.
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A great screwball comedy
31 July 2005 | by (Seattle, USA) – See all my reviews

Easy Living ranks among the funniest screwball comedies of all time. It is Preston Sturges at his best with manic energies and surprising twists galore. This delightfully original comedy of misunderstandings pays homage to Oliver Goldsmith and Richard Sheridan with a touch of P.G. Wodehouse thrown in for good measure. All of the characters, even the peripheral ones, are richly rendered with motivations we can instantly understand and empathize with. The principals -- Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, and Ray Milland -- are perfectly cast and have a field day with their roles. Arthur in particular is adorable as, bewildered but good hearted, she deals with an inexplicable turn of events that throws her life upside down. Just as exquisitely acted are the supporting roles of legendary character actors like Luis Alberni and Franklin Pangborn. The net result is an uproarious film that makes you laugh all over again when you think of it after the fact.

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