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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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(screenplay), (original story "Libeled Lady") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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 ...
Mary, Farwood's Secretary
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Quotes

Warren Haggerty: Do you want me to kill myself, Gladys?
Gladys Benton: Not until you change your insurance.
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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Continental Polka
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Music by Johnny Green
Sung and Danced by Lucille Ball (dubbed by Virginia Rees) and chorus
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The Road Company Version
6 May 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The film Easy To Wed had an impossible task to follow the film and stars of one of the best screen comedies ever made Libeled Lady. I would take nothing away from Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Lucille Ball, and Keenan Wynn. But frankly they're all not a patch on the quartet of William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, and Spencer Tracy.

Music and MGM technicolor is what distinguishes this film and the music primarily Latin in origin is pretty good and comes from a variety of sources. Colombian singer Carlos Ramirez contributes a native song and Ethel Smith plays her famous Tico Tico on the organ. Part of the film is set in Mexico so these acts are brought in without any strain on the plot. When the stars do their numbers, the results are pretty tepid.

Esther Williams stays fairly dry in Easy To Wed. Only a dip on a water slide and a brief swim in the family pool where she unplugs a rubber raft and sends Van Johnson into the water are all you see of her. No classic water ballets in Easy To Wed which must have disappointed her fans tremendously.

In Libeled Lady the character Loy/Williams's father is played by Walter Connolly and he's an avid fisherman. Here he's a hunter and Van Johnson has to take a crash course in duck hunting to make an impression on father Cecil Kellaway. Van's best moments like William Powell's in the first film are in the hunting scenes.

The basic outline of the story remains the same. A false story about heiress Esther Williams's romantic escapades has caused a lawsuit to be filed by Cecil Kellaway. Editor Keenan Wynn postpones for the umpteenth time his wedding to Lucille Ball to meet the crisis at the paper.

Wynn's plan, to hire back his ace reporter Van Johnson and marry his girl friend Ball to Johnson and then have Johnson strike something up with Williams. Just as Jean Harlow did, Lucille Ball amazingly enough goes along with this madcap scheme.

Everybody performs well, but after you've seen Libeled Lady you will think of Easy To Wed as a road company version of that classic.


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