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Easy Living (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 16 July 1937 (USA)
During the Great Depression, a wealthy banker throws away his wife's expensive fur coat; 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. Ball
Franklin Pangborn ... Van Buren
Barlowe Borland ... Mr. Gurney
William Demarest ... Wallace Whistling
Andrew Tombes ... E.J. Hulgar
Esther Dale ... Lillian
Harlan Briggs ... 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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f rated | hat | gift | sable | automat | See All (36) »

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It's dizzy - it's daffy, It's cockeyed - it's laughy! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mein Leben in Luxus See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

$58,000, the price of the sable coat in 1937, has the same buying power as $969,272.64 in 2016. 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 and don't even move when tray hits the floor. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mary Smith: Johnny, this is were we came in.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Soundtracks

Easy Living
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
[main theme of score but not sung]
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A great screwball comedy
31 July 2005 | by in2flyingfilmsSee all my reviews

Easy Living ranks among the funniest screwball comedies of all time. It is Preston Sturges at his best with manic energies and surprising twists galore. This delightfully original comedy of misunderstandings pays homage to Oliver Goldsmith and Richard Sheridan with a touch of P.G. Wodehouse thrown in for good measure. All of the characters, even the peripheral ones, are richly rendered with motivations we can instantly understand and empathize with. The principals -- Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, and Ray Milland -- are perfectly cast and have a field day with their roles. Arthur in particular is adorable as, bewildered but good hearted, she deals with an inexplicable turn of events that throws her life upside down. Just as exquisitely acted are the supporting roles of legendary character actors like Luis Alberni and Franklin Pangborn. The net result is an uproarious film that makes you laugh all over again when you think of it after the fact.


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