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Easy Living (1949)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | 11 August 1950 (Australia)
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 »

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Charles Schnee (screenplay), Irwin Shaw (story "Education of the Heart")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Pete Wilson
Lucille Ball ... Anne
Lizabeth Scott ... Liza Wilson
Sonny Tufts ... Tim McCarr
Lloyd Nolan ... Lenahan
Paul Stewart ... Argus
Jack Paar ... Scoop Spooner
Jeff Donnell ... Penny McCarr
Art Baker ... Howard Vollmer
Gordon Jones ... Bill Holloran
Don Beddoe ... Jaeger
Richard Erdman ... Buddy Morgan (as Dick Erdman)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Ozzie
Charles Lang ... Whitey
Kenny Washington Kenny Washington ... Benny
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"Do You Love Me or My Headlines...and the dough that goes with them?" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Interference See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Benny: Does this mean another operation on my knee, Mr. Lenahan?
Lenahan: That's it, Benny.
Benny: Too bad I'm not an automobile. Then all we'd have to do is put on a new wheel.
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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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Surprisingly textured drama, set in world of pro football, from Jacques Tourneur
18 October 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Easy Living is not a light comedy, despite the presence of Lucille Ball, Jim Backus and Jack Paar. Neither is it really a sports movie, though it's set in the world of professional football. Irwin Shaw wrote the novel on which it's based – the story of a man who's approaching midlife knowing nothing but how to play ball. The movie version proves surprisingly textured and involving, which ought not to be surprising, as the director is the ever resourceful Jacques Tourneur.

Victor Mature is a New York gridiron hero whose game is starting to slow down; in fact, he finds out he has a heart ailment which spells early death if he keeps on playing. But his quest for a cushy coaching job is handicapped by his ambitious wife (Lizabeth Scott). She's not cut out for the den-mother duties a coach's wife must shoulder, as she's trying to make a success of her interior design business despite her own handicap of commanding neither taste nor talent – a handicap she overcomes by luring monied clients romantically. So in addition to his health and career crises, Mature faces a marital one as well.

The large cast includes Lloyd Nolan as the club's owner and Lucille Ball as his widowed daughter-in-law, who works for the team and nurtures a crush on Mature. Tourneur shows his craft in coaxing a subdued and touching performance from her; he surpasses that by drawing from Scott, especially in a self-pitying drunk scene, the only piece of real acting she ever committed to film.

Easy living ends too abruptly (it clocks in at only 78 minutes) but there's nary a false note or a slack stretch in it. Made near the peak of the noir cycle, which accounts for its minor-key tonality (the score, by the way, is by Roy Webb), it springs yet another surprise in being one of the first films to find a dark side in that American institution, professional football.


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