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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, 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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The daffiest screen comedy of all times! Wait'll you see Jean Arthur as the little stenog who was almost making both ends meet when a sable coat lands in her lap! (original poster) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Mein Leben in Luxus  »

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$58,000, the price of the sable coat in 1937, has the same buying power as $969,272.64 in 2016. 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

Van Buren: Where-ever there's smoke, there must be... somebody smoking.
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Easy Living
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Another wonderful movie featuring Edward Arnold.
3 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an amusing, entertaining Hollywood antique featuring a number of actors who became Hollywood icons such as Jean Arthur, Ray Milland, and Edward Arnold. Before Ed Asner there was Edward Arnold. Mr. Arnold was one of the greatest actors in Hollywood history. His performances were consistently great and through him a weak script became good and good script great. He was one of those actors who dominated the screen and could play a wide range of roles opposite some of the most famous Hollywood players. As for Jean Arthur, she specialized in a style of acting that established a precedent for Lucille Ball, except that Ms. Arthur did not have to act goofy. Movies from the 1930s were made in a certain style that was unique to that period. Black-and-white, simple, engaging, upbeat stories, lots of action, and optimistic about life - all this during the Great Depression. This is another Preston Sturges gem and definitely is worth watching.


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