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Easy Living (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 16 July 1937 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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John Ball Jr.
Luis Alberni ...
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Mr. Gurney
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Wallace Whistling
Andrew Tombes ...
E.J. Hulgar
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Lillian
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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's dizzy - it's daffy, It's cockeyed - it's laughy! (original poster) See more »

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Mein Leben in Luxus  »

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It was reported (on American Movie Classics rotation of classic movies, back when they showed uninterrupted classic films) that all of the furs and jewelry used in this film were real and that guards were posted during shooting to ensure that none of the valuables disappeared. See more »

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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

Mary Smith: Don't you like this one either?
J.B. Ball: I do not. It looks like a salt shaker.
Van Buren: Well, we think its very recherché.
J.B. Ball: That's the trouble with it.
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Easy Living
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Glossy comedy, typical of the 1930's.
14 November 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Although EASY LIVING makes no claim to realism it does somehow capture the flavor of New York in the thirties.

Directed by Mitchell Leisen from a screenplay by Preston Sturges it has all the hallmarks of Leisen's style, the gleaming, high style sets, the magnificent cathedral ceilinged apartments and also, unfortunately the tendency to allow scenes to run on just a little too long. The slapstick scene in the automat is a prime example, just a few pratfalls too many. If Sturges directed as well as written the film might not have been as sumptuous looking bit I think it would have been tighter.

Minor details however, the film is a delight, especially Jean Arthur and a very capable supporting cast giving it their professional all.

Highly recommended.


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