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Easy Living (1937)




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Preston Sturges wrote the screenplay for this engaging screwball comedy, adapted from a play by Vera Caspary. J.B. Ball (Edward Arnold), a millionaire Wall Street tycoon, is having an argument with his free-spending wife (Mary Nash) one morning in their penthouse apartment, and in a fit of pique he throws her mink coat out the window. The mink lands on Mary Smith (Jean Arthur), a lowly office worker who is riding to work on the upper half of a double-decker bus. Ball tracks down Mary, and to further aggravate his wife, he not only insists that Mary keep the coat, but he buys her a fur hat to match. When Mary finally arrives at work, she's fired on the spot, with many suspicious comments about both her tardiness and her expensive new outerwear. To make matters worse, a reporter who spied Ball buying Mary the hat has spread the story that she's his new mistress. Just wanting a cup of coffee and a few moments peace, Mary meets John (Ray Milland), a waiter at a coffee shop; the two hit it off and agree to a date. Unknown to Mary, John is actually Ball's son, determined to make his own fortune without Dad's help. The supporting cast includes the always-reliable Frankin Pangborn and William Demarest.


Jean Arthur
as Mary Smith
Edward Arnold
as J.B. Ball
Ray Milland
as John Ball Jr.
Luis Alberni
as Mr. Louis Louis
Mary Nash
as Mrs. Jennir Ball
Barlowe Borland
as Mr. Gurney
William Demarest
as Wallace Whistling
Andrew Tombes
as E.F. Hulgar
Esther Dale
as Lillian
Harlan Briggs
as Office Manager
Nora Cecil
as Miss Swerf
Robert Greig
as Graves, Ball Butler
Vernon Dent
as Partner
Bob Murphy
as Automat Detective
Bernard Suss
as Man in Automat
Rex Moore
as Elevator Boy
Dora Clement
as Saleslady
Arthur Hoyt
as Jeweler
Hector V. Sarno
as Armenian Rug Salesman
Gertrude Astor
as Saleswoman
Lee Phelps
as Hotel Detective
Hal Greene
as Bellhop
Frances Morris
as Assistant Secretary
Sidney Bracey
as Chauffeur
Lois Clinton
as Brunette
John Dilson
as Nervous Man
Kathleen Hope Lewis
as Stenographer
Helen Huntington
as Stenographer
Harold Entwistle
as Elevator Man
Dennis O'Keefe
as Office Manager
Robert E. Homans
as Private Guard
George Cowl
as Bank President
Kate Price
as Laundress
Lu Miller
as Housemaid
Amelia Falleur
as Housemaid
Don Brodie
as Auto Salesman
Florence Wix
as Woman in Hat Shop
Olaf Hytten
as Houseman
Jack Rice
as Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Easy Living

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

A delight.

January 26, 2006
Top Critic

Preston Sturges wrote this Depression-era (1937) twist on the Cinderella story, and it acquires an airy grace from the direction of Mitchell Leisen.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

This rambunctious screwball comedy features one of the most colossally destructive, slapstick-infused food fights in the history of cinema.

July 26, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

If you have a foolish streak in your makeup, you'll enjoy this picture. If you haven't, it will probably be good for you.

October 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Chic enchantment

September 6, 2009 | Full Review…

Preston Sturges's imaginative script is one of his best, adroitly mixing his customary satire of capitalism and the class system with some dazzling dialogue and hilarious slapstick.

November 12, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Easy Living

an absolute delight. sturges' wonderful script, leisen's light touch, and adorable jean arthur. what else could u ask for!

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Silly but cute.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


I liked this movie it has one of those stories that are driven along by coincidences, and it all gets very silly by the end.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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