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Dorothy Kingsley (adaptation)
George Oppenheimer (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 July 1946 (USA) See more »
IT'S A MARRY-GO-ROUND...!!! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »
To prevent a libel case against the paper, a reporter tries to compromise the reputation of a tycoon's slandered daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Van Johnson ... William Stevens 'Bill' Chandler

Esther Williams ... Connie Allenbury Chandler

Lucille Ball ... Gladys Benton

Keenan Wynn ... Warren Haggerty

Cecil Kellaway ... J.B. Allenbury
Carlos Ramírez ... Carlos Ramírez
Ben Blue ... Spike Dolan
Ethel Smith ... Ethel Smith - Organ Player

June Lockhart ... Barbara 'Babs' Norvell

Grant Mitchell ... Homer Henshaw
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Burns Norvell
Paul Harvey ... Curtis Farwood
Jonathan Hale ... Hector Boswell
James Flavin ... Joe
Celia Travers ... Mary, Farwood's Secretary
Sybil Merritt ... Receptionist
Sondra Rodgers ... Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bailey ... Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)
Nina Bara ... Rumba Dancer (uncredited)
Katherine Black ... Masseuse (uncredited)
Karin Booth ... Clerk (uncredited)
Louise Burnette ... Girl at Pool (uncredited)
George Calliga ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Fidel Castro ... Poolside Spectator (uncredited)
Chavo de Leon ... Rumba Dancer (uncredited)
Patricia Denise ... Girl at Pool (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Waiter (Local 950) (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Dibson (uncredited)
Fred Fisher ... Waiter (uncredited)
Joel Friedkin ... 2nd Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Phyllis Graffeo ... Girl at Pool (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Private Detective (uncredited)
Charles Knight ... Butler (uncredited)
George Mann ... Theodore - Homer Henshaw's Assistant (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)
Kanza Omar ... Girl at Pool (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jean Porter ... Frances (uncredited)
Guy Bates Post ... Roberts, Allebury's Butler (uncredited)
Mildred Sellers ... Girl at Pool (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Lifeguard (uncredited)
Walter Soderling ... Mr. H.O. Dibson - Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Bouncer in Newspaper Office (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Mitzie Uehlien ... Girl at Pool (uncredited)
John Valentine ... Butler (uncredited)
Arthur Walsh ... Newspaper Office Boy (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Buzzell 
Buster Keaton (uncredited)
Edward Sedgwick (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Buster Keaton  uncredited
Dorothy Kingsley  adaptation
George Oppenheimer  screenplay "Libeled Lady"
Howard Emmett Rogers  screenplay "Libeled Lady"
Maurine Dallas Watkins  screenplay "Libeled Lady"

Produced by
Jack Cummings .... producer
Original Music by
Johnny Green 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Hans Peters 
Set Decoration by
Jack Bonar 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jay Marchant .... unit manager (uncredited)
Harry Poppe .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herman E. Webber .... assistant director (as Herman Webber)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Ralph A. Pender .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
P. Richard Stevens .... unit mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Leavitt .... second camera (uncredited)
Frank Powolny .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Ted Duncan .... orchestrator
Johnny Green .... music supervisor
Johnny Green .... musical director
Edward Baravalle .... music mixer (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Jack Donohue .... dance director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Jack Baker .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Inger Norswing .... research assistant (uncredited)
Don Park .... technical advisor: swimming sequence (uncredited)
George Richelavie .... research director (uncredited)

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106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 27, 1950 with Van Johnson reprising his film role.See more »
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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Enjoyable enough but it cannot hold a candle to the original., 7 December 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Libeled Lady" is one of the best comedies of the 1930s. Much of was the writing and much was due to the incredibly strong cast. Think about it---Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow and William Powell--ALL in one film! In 1946, MGM brought out a remake. While the basic story is similar, it's not as good. Plus, Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn and Lucille Ball just weren't as good--though they tried.

Like "Libeled Lady", the film is about a rich lady who is suing an irresponsible newspaper for its stories about her. However, oddly, in the original she was suing for $5,000,000 and here, a decade later, it's only $2,000,000--significant deflation, don't you think? To help try to get rid of the suit, the scheming newspaper man, Haggerty (Wynn), hires Bill Chandler (Van Johnson) to seduce the heiress, Connie Allenbury (Williams). Why? Because, in the interim, they'd get Bill a quickie marriage. Then, they'd have the 'jealous wife' storm in on them and threaten a suit of her own--along with photographers from the paper to make her case! But, since Bill isn't married, Haggerty has Chandler marry HIS fiancée (Lucille Ball)! Talk about romantic--getting Chandler to marry Haggerty's girl! There's only one problem with the plan...Bill falls for Connie and just can't get himself to do it. So, he schemes for a way to somehow please Haggerty AND Connie...if it's possible.

The film is decent and offers a few laughs. However it suffers from a few plot problems (Connie's falling in love with Bill seems incredibly fast considering how nasty she'd been towards him up until then), now includes song which got in the way of the plot and the characters aren't particularly likable (Connie is amazingly nasty--and for no reason--when she first meets Bill). Plus, it lacks the originality and fun of the first film. If you like remakes, by all means see this one. But, don't forget to first see "Libeled Lady"--it's just better.

By the way, the plot of "Easy to Wed" is very, very odd considering only about six months later, Keenan Wynn and his real-life wife she could marry Van Johnson! To make it even weirder, it now appears that this, like the marriage in the movie, was a sham marriage, as in his later years Johnson admitted to being gay--and I sincerely doubt that this was a sudden late-life 'phase'!

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