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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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Mary Smith
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J.B. Ball
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John Ball Jr.
Luis Alberni ...
Mr. Louis Louis
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Mrs. Ball
Franklin Pangborn ...
Van Buren
Barlowe Borland ...
Mr. Gurney
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Wallace Whistling
Andrew Tombes ...
E.J. Hulgar
Esther Dale ...
Lillian
Harlan Briggs ...
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William B. Davidson ...
Mr. Hyde
Nora Cecil ...
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 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 <kyousten@bev.net>

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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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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 »

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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 »

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Mr. Louis Louis: But Mr. B, she's a phony from phonyville.
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Sentiment plus Sophistication
11 January 1999 | by (Augusta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

One of the best film moments of the 1930s occurs just after the beginning of the film when wealthy J. B. Ball, exasperated by his spoiled family's spending habits, tosses the wife's new sable coat from a window high in their 5th Avenue mansion. As if with a mind set on its own destiny, the falling coat spreads out on the air and lands like an enchanted parachute on the head of the Mary Smith, the working girl who will be our main character (Jean Arthur), and who is riding on the upper deck of a double-decker bus. What is a double-decker doing in New York City? No one asks; the coat just does its magic and the enchanted plot is underway. Best of all, screenwriter Sturges balances the magic and sentimentality with his usual crisp, witty, no-nonsense approach to dialogue and character. This "yin / yang" harmony is similar to what he achieved in directing "Sullivan's Travels."


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