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Easy Living (1949)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | 8 October 1949 (USA)
Pete Wilson is on top. He is the highest paid professional football player in the league. He has seen other players come and go, but he was MVP last year and the future looks rosy. His wife... See full summary »

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Tim McCarr
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Lenahan
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Argus
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Scoop Spooner
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Penny McCarr
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Howard Vollmer
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Bill Holloran
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Jaeger
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Buddy Morgan (as Dick Erdman)
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Ozzie
Charles Lang ...
Whitey
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Benny
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Pete Wilson is on top. He is the highest paid professional football player in the league. He has seen other players come and go, but he was MVP last year and the future looks rosy. His wife, Liza, is there for the fame, the money, the good times and does not like those who are washed up. His friend Tim, just retired and accepted a job as head coach at State. But Pete discovers that he has a condition that may end his career and all that he knows is football. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Jacques Tourneur never saw a football game prior to working on this movie. See more »

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Featured in After the Fox (1966) See more »

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I've Got My Fingers Crossed
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Written by Mort Greene and Leigh Harline
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Realistic Drama When Football Was Still a Sport.
23 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

EASY LIVING takes you back to major league football circa 1949 and focuses on a star performer just before and after his career tops out. The direction is first rate and all the actors deliver top performances --- particularly Victor Mature, Lizabeth Scott, Lloyd Nolan and Lucille Ball. Lucy didn't always play comedy; no comedy in this one. On location filming --- a common asset to RKO Radio pictures --- adds a lot to this one. This Irwin Shaw drama doesn't have much football in it, but instead focuses on the lives of the people involved in sports.

First seen in 1949 at age 11, I looked for it again at Video Vault. It was issued in VHS so you can buy it or rent it if you look. Incidentally, RKO pictures weren't usually big hits 50 years ago but are sought after these days for their grit and on location filming. Savvy sellers in eBay include RKO in their headline.

Final comment: Unlike 2007's major hits like Pirates #3 and Potter #5, this film has an actual story, beginning, middle, end ---not relying on an overpowering musical score to sugarcoat junk. It's apt to appeal to grown-ups --- actually 11 and up.


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