1937, Mitchell Leisen, USA, 89 min.
With Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland
- Sat, Jul 13th 5:00pm
- Tue, Jul 16th 6:00pm
"Chic enchantment...Preston Sturges provides the choleric treatment, Mitchell Leisen wraps it in velvet."—Fernando P. Croce, CinePassion
After a fur coat, tossed out the window by irate plutocrat J.B. Ball (Arnold), lands in the lap of Mary Smith (Arthur), further happenstance pushes her first into unemployment and then further up the social ladder. Ensconced in a luxury hotel with only ten cents to her name, Mary meets Ball’s ne’er-do-well son (Milland) in an automat, falls in love, instigates perhaps the greatest food-fight ever put on screen, and somewhere along the line sets the stock market reeling. Scripted by screwball stalwart Preston Sturges, EASY LIVING is one of Hollywood's great comedies of class mobility, packed to the gills with the sort of chronic miscommunications, inexplicable coincidences, and affably resolved conflicts that mark the best films in the genre. 35mm. (CW)