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Easy Living (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 16 July 1937 (USA)
During the Great Depression, a wealthy banker throws away his wife's expensive fur coat; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions.

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J.B. Ball
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John Ball Jr.
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Mr. Louis Louis
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Mrs. Ball
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Van Buren
Barlowe Borland ...
Mr. Gurney
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Wallace Whistling
Andrew Tombes ...
E.J. Hulgar
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Lillian
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Mr. Hyde
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Miss Swerf
Robert Greig ...
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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 off the roof, 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 <kyousten@bev.net>

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hat | gift | sable | automat | marriage | See All (35) »

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IT HAS NO RHYME...IT HAS NO REASON...IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE...IT MAKES LAUGHS! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Mein Leben in Luxus  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Van Buren: Brute!
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Easy Living
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
[main theme of score but not sung]
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A zany wacky kind of 1930's film
19 June 2001 | by (st. pete, fl usa) – See all my reviews

Just saw this one recently and loved it. Any film with Jean Arthur in it and you can't go wrong. Though there aren't alot of her films available. This Preston Sturges film is one of her/his best.

From the beginning we are entangled in a Cinderella like story that starts when working girl Mary(Arthur) gets hit in the puss by a flying Sable coat. Then she gets swept away by good fortune, OR so it seems.

Billionaire(Edward Arnold) gets fed up with his family spending. When his wife(Mary Nash) gets another fur coat, that is the final straw! Off the balcony goes the coat and down several flights to our Mary on a bus.

Getting mixed up in the proceedings is a young Ray Milland as the Billionaire's son. Full of crazy supporting characters and a zany script, this is a very funny film for those who like screwball comedies. Give it a try and I'm sure that you'll love it.


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