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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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A story never told before of the private life of a "pro football" star! See more »

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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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Trivia

Bill, the old player who winds up being dropped from the team, tells Pete he has "19 hundred dollars" (one thousand, nine hundred dollars) after playing all those years, which is now the equivalent of twenty thousand dollars. See more »

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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Not So Easy Living
25 July 2002 | by gvb0907See 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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