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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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Howard Vollmer
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Jaeger
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Buddy Morgan (as Dick Erdman)
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Ozzie
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Kenny Washington ...
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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Making his film debut is Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, then a first year member of "The Los Angels Rams (portraying a "Backfield" member of "The Chiefs"). He is "called out" by "The Chiefs" Coach Lenahan as "Hirsch". Elroy would later star in his film Bio, "Crazylegs" (1953) and the prison saga, "Unchained" (1955), the film which introduced the classic, "Unchained Melody". See more »

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Easy Living
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Not So Easy Living
25 July 2002 | by (Falls Church, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Pete Wilson, also known as King Football, faces a dual crisis. Diagnosed with a serious heart ailment, he learns his career is over. Wilson also must break the news to his star-struck wife, who enjoys the spotlight even more than he does.

"Easy Living" is of course an ironic title. Wilson's life, as a quarterback and as a husband, is anything but easy. As the story evolves, he must come to terms with both the loss of his livelihood and the possible end of his marriage. Victor Mature, who played gladiators both ancient and modern, does his best but he isn't quite up to the emotional demands of the role. And Lizabeth Scott, ever the ice princess, never comes across as Wilson's wife. The supporting cast, featuring Lloyd Nolan as the head coach and Lucille Ball as his son's widow, is generally stronger. Jack Paar, in one of his rare film roles, pops up as the team's PR man.

The film's climax, in which Wilson slaps his wife in desperation, could never be made today but still was acceptable in 1949. Frankly though, you can't help share Wilson's frustration with this frivolous woman and you have to wonder what you would do in his place.

Highly recommended, both as a study of mid-century social attitudes and for an early Hollywood view of the NFL


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