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Easy Living [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jean Arthur , Edward Arnold , Mitchell Leisen    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland, Luis Alberni, Mary Nash
  • Directors: Mitchell Leisen
  • Writers: Preston Sturges, Vera Caspary
  • Producers: Arthur Hornblow Jr., William LeBaron
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012GVMIA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,169 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
When an expensive sable coat, thrown from a penthouse balcony by Wall Street tycoon J. B. Ball (Edward Arnold), lands on the head of office clerk Mary Smith (Jean Arthur) while she's riding to work on the top deck of a city bus, we're off on a fine screwball comedy that nails class assumptions to the wall. (The wall being a fabulous suite of the Hotel Louis.) Ball, known as the Bull of Broad Street, threw the coat to spite his extravagant wife. Although it was a mistake, as soon as word gets around that Mary Smith has a coat from J. B. Ball, it's not long before people begin to assume that Mary must be the Bull's mistress. And although she loses her job, almost instantly all those who want a piece of the Bull are falling over themselves to make Mary happy. She winds up in the Hotel Louis in a suite that could only have been dreamed up by Hollywood designers. Clothes and jewels are delivered; a car and chauffeur show up. Mary is mystified by all this, but happily accepts. When she meets a young man who works at the automat, well...we know, of course, that the young man is Johnnie Ball (Ray Milland), son of J. B. Ball, and that he earlier had stormed out of the family mansion determined to prove he could be his own man. It all gets sorted out, but only after a new Depression may get started fueled by more loony assumptions.

Preston Sturges, who wrote the script, brings all the social satire and clever dialogue to Easy Living that he brought to the films he directed and wrote later. Mitchell Leisen, the director, gives the movie a sweet speed. The slapstick moments are like the whipped cream on top of the ice cream sundae. There is a food fight in the automat that is so witty and filled with pratfalls that it makes Animal House look like the work of...hmmm...juveniles.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "12 times 1 is not 600" 23 July 2008
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Delightful comedy written by Preston Sturges features the wonderful Jean Arthur as a working girl who literally has a sable coat drop into her lap.Her unwitting benefactor wealthy banker J B Ball(Edward Arnold)sets off a chain of events that take Arthur from the gutter to the gates of high finance and extreme wealth.
A top notch cast(Arnold as the combustible financier is hilarious),sharp dialogue and pacy direction from Mitchell Leisen put this bristling comedy across with some style.Beautiful timing and a slapstick sequence in a food parlour is a hoot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mario
Yes the Balls of Broad Street start at 110 decibels (Edward Arnold and son Ray Milland)and the Sturges-istic bellowing doesn't really relent at all except when ancient secretary reminds Ed of his blood pressure. It'd probably take a proper critic to notice the stylistic differences between this (Mitchell Leisen) and a Sturges directed, as opposed to scripted, vehicle - maybe there is something slightly more poised, in the way the camera moves and in the subtler eroticism of the Hotel Louis dinner? Nevertheless, the stock company is being assembled here including briefly the great William Demarest. Luis Alberni is the focus of the verbal slapstick with some pretty hilarious malapropisms and fumbled idioms. There is classic chaos in the 'automat' and Ray Milland, Jean Arthur and Edward Arnold do a very good job throughout as double-take piles on double-take at the frenetic climax. Classical stuff with a deliriously optimistic, escapist, anti-Depression ethos with the Sullivan's Travels message.
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By W. Wood
If you happen to be having a dull evening sitting at home, sit back and watch this great screwball comedy: Easy Living. This is one of Jean Arthur’s funniest along with the young Ray Milland.
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