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Easy to Wed (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 July 1946 (USA)
To prevent a libel case against the paper, a reporter tries to compromise the reputation of a tycoon's slandered daughter.

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Gladys Benton
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Warren Haggerty
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J.B. Allenbury
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Carlos Ramírez
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Spike Dolan
Ethel Smith ...
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Barbara 'Babs' Norvell
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Homer Henshaw
Josephine Whittell ...
Mrs. Burns Norvell
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Curtis Farwood
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Hector Boswell
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Joe
Celia Travers ...
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Storyline

The "Morning Star" is in trouble: J.B. Allenbury, rich and mighty, will sue them for 2 million dollars for an article which says that his daughter is chasing after married men. Reporter Bill Chandler is sent after Connie to prove that the story is actually true. The only problem is that he's not married....yet. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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VAN sings...VAN dances...and how VAN romances! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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25 July 1946 (USA)  »

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Casar é Fácil  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Van Johnson worked with Lucille Ball again several more times. He guest-starred as himself on "I Love Lucy" and he co-starred with her in the 1968 film "Yours, Mine and Ours". See more »

Quotes

William Stevens 'Bill' Chandler: [referring to the sham wedding just performed] How much do i owe you?
Mr. H.O. Dibson - Justice of the Peace: Well, anything you think it's worth.
William Stevens 'Bill' Chandler: [handing the Justice money] There's two dollars.
[to which Gladys looks outraged, then disgusted]
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Connections

Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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A Treat for the Eyes
27 March 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Okay, I'll try to summarize the storyline. If Homer can prove Connie's a man stealer he'll escape a 2-million dollar lawsuit. So he hires Bill to catch Connie's eye. But Gladys is married to Bill or is it to Warren. Then again, maybe she isn't. But then Bill marries Connie, but Bill's already married or maybe he isn't since no one knows who's divorced whom. Anyway, I give up because the plot's not important, anyhow.

The movie's a visual treat, what with Williams, Johnson, and Ball being at their physical peak. I doubt there were three more beautiful people in Hollywood, especially Williams in a swimsuit. Then too, there's MGM's renowned production values lending the results a Technicolor sheen that makes you want to jump in. And is that really Fidel Castro at poolside (IMDB)! Now with all the physical assets, this musical comedy should be strictly memorable. But unfortunately it's not; as a mc the overall results are entertaining but only average. Director Buzzell fails to give many of the scenes the bounce they need, while the script has too many stretched-out, talky scenes. Together, we see pretty people in pretty places doing sometimes funny things (especially Ball), but without the needed zip, plus a storyline that defies analysis.

Well, that's pretty much the case except for Ball, who shows (surprise, surprise) a lively flair for adding her own comedic bounce. And, if I remember correctly, this was one of her first comedic outings in what, of course, would become a legendary career. And get a load of the array of hats she gets to wear. Some look like they were taken off the New York skyline. Still, that combination of fiery red hair and deep blue eyes is absolutely dazzling.

Anyway, this is the glamour studio MGM at its most glamorous and if the results are less than hoped, the movie's still a visual feast.


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