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Easy Living (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 16 July 1937 (USA)
A wealthy banker throws his wife's expensive fur coat off the roof of a building; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Preston Sturges (screenplay), Vera Caspary (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Arthur ... Mary Smith
Edward Arnold ... J.B. Ball
Ray Milland ... John Ball Jr.
Luis Alberni ... Mr. Louis Louis
Mary Nash ... Mrs. Jenny Ball
Franklin Pangborn ... Van Buren
Barlowe Borland ... Mr. Gurney
William Demarest ... Wallace Whistling
Andrew Tombes ... E.J. Hulgar
Esther Dale ... Lillian
Harlan Briggs ... Magazine Office Manager
William B. Davidson ... Mr. Hyde
Nora Cecil ... Miss Swerf
Robert Greig ... Butler
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Storyline

J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending family. He takes his wife's just-bought (very expensive) sable coat and throws it off the roof, it lands on poor hard-working girl Mary Smith. But it isn't so easy to just give away something so valuable, as he soon learns. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Taglines:

A CRACKPOT COMEDY THAT'LL BLAST THE VINEGAR OFF EVERY SOURPUSS IN TOWN! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Phoenix Friday 20 February 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), followed by Omaha 23 June 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), by Pittsburgh 29 August 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), by Asheville 20 September 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by Grand Rapids 28 December 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Johnstown 13 January 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6), by Milwaukee 19 January 1960 on WITI (Channel 6), by Huntington 31 January 1960 on WHTN (Channel 13), and by Toledo 17 June 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11). It was released on DVD 22 April 2008 as part of the Universal Cinema Classics series and since that time has also enjoyed occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Goofs

During automat free-for-fall, one of the customers drops a tray full of dishes which are clearly attached to the tray; the dishes don't even move when the tray hits the floor. See more »

Quotes

John Ball Jr.: You know, there's something awfully phony about this.
Mary Smith: You're just beginning to find that out?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a lady applying jewelry, stockings, and perfume. See more »

Connections

Referenced in James Harvey on Preston Sturges (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Easy Living
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
[main theme of score but not sung]
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Glossy comedy, typical of the 1930's.
14 November 2000 | by Cajun-4See all my reviews

Although EASY LIVING makes no claim to realism it does somehow capture the flavor of New York in the thirties.

Directed by Mitchell Leisen from a screenplay by Preston Sturges it has all the hallmarks of Leisen's style, the gleaming, high style sets, the magnificent cathedral ceilinged apartments and also, unfortunately the tendency to allow scenes to run on just a little too long. The slapstick scene in the automat is a prime example, just a few pratfalls too many. If Sturges directed as well as written the film might not have been as sumptuous looking bit I think it would have been tighter.

Minor details however, the film is a delight, especially Jean Arthur and a very capable supporting cast giving it their professional all.

Highly recommended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1937 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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