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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 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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Lucille Ball - she was packing a torch that lit up the field! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Education of the Heart See more »

Company Credits

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

The white football seen in the warm-ups for the night game at the end of the film was used in the NFL for such games from 1929 to 1955. It was considered to be more visible to the players and fans than the typical brown football. By 1956 better stadium lighting, especially needed for television, made the white football obsolete. 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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Connections

Featured in After the Fox (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got My Fingers Crossed
(uncredited)
Written by Mort Greene and Leigh Harline
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Convoluted -- Contextually and Conversationally
26 November 2011 | by hoophog2003See all my reviews

It is difficult to determine where this story is set -- period. The sports team in "Easy Living" is the Chiefs, the helmets worn by this teams are those of the Rams, but yet this team (and ultimately, this story) is based in New York City.

Well, the Kansas City Chiefs began as the Dallas Texans and never existed as a franchise in New York City. The St. Louis Rams, and their iconic ram horn helmet design, has only been seen in three markets, Cleveland, Los Angeles and St. Louis. Again, a club that was never in New York City.

It is also more than odd that the main character, a quarterback, wears number 66, not a customary number for a quarterback to wear. But, it is this lack of accurate detailing that reveals a project mired in vagaries.

These type of historical inaccuracies reveal a more deep-seated lack of focus from this film. Despite its promise, Easy Living just lacks any type of focus. The plot slides around seemingly unsure of where it wants to go or needs to go. primarily, the essential points in the plot development are buried behind a lot of pointless distractions...and characters.

This perpetually 'out-of-focus' plot is enhanced by dialog which is trite, and contrived. It seems the writers of this screenplay were hellbent on being melodramatic and vague.

The movie seems to starts somewhere in the middle. Unfortunately, Easy Living runs like a stage play that is missing too many essential scenes, not just the beginning!


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