Edward Arnold is yelling again. This time the big teddy bear is angry with his wife (Mary Nash) for having too much stuff. Since the missus cannot sustain her style in last year’s ermine, she tells hubby to take a flying leap. He flings her fur coat off the roof instead.
Enjoying the fresh air of Manhattan, working girl Jean Arthur is conveniently sitting below where the plummeting pelt hits her. Arnold insists that Arthur keep the coat and buys her even more couture, which leads to scandal. So far, the moral of the story - and you know there is one since this little tale is spelled with a capital S-T-U-R-G-E-S - is that giving away lots of stuff is fine, as long as it’s not to your wife.
|Searching for pennies|
But the plot doesn’t matter. The audience knows the destination (a happy ending) and is more interested in who makes them laugh or cry during the journey. Hence this film gives us wonderfully tried and true traveling companions:
- Down-on-her-luck Cinderella potentially makes good. Check.
- Dominant, middle-aged guy becomes a mentor of sorts. Check.
- A litany of colorful supporting players fills the screen with their quirks. Double Check.
- A smart-aleck love interest comes along for the ride. Indeed.
|In the tub|
Fresh-faced Ray Milland is the man who makes the moves on Ms. Arthur this time around. And move they do. They do not know each other ten minutes and yet they have dinner together...in her apartment...alone...undressed. Well, he’s in an ascot and bathrobe that reads, “Stolen from Hotel Louis,” which he dons after flopping around, fully clothed, in Arthur’s bathtub. The light touch to this first-date-that-isn’t-really-a-first-date date guides the film away from a tone that could be quite crude into a most adorable little evening.
Mitchell Leisen makes them dance. Not literally, since the characters can barely move after a sumptuous meal.
Easy Living is a lively, entertaining romp that's equal parts pratfall and tender moments. By the end, everyone's all warm and fuzzy, even Mr. & Mrs. Fur Flinger.