Easy Living

Easy Living

Director: Jacques Tourneur

Cast: Jacques Tourneur, Victor Mature, Lizabeth Scott, Lucille Ball

     
 

No relation to the 1937 screwball comedy of the same name, Easy Living is a film about the world of professional sports. Victor Mature plays Pete Wilson, star halfback of the New York Chiefs. Well past his prime, Wilson would like to retire to a coaching job, but his rival Tim McCarr (Sonny Tufts) beats him to it. Financially, Wilson is really in no position toSee more details below

Overview

No relation to the 1937 screwball comedy of the same name, Easy Living is a film about the world of professional sports. Victor Mature plays Pete Wilson, star halfback of the New York Chiefs. Well past his prime, Wilson would like to retire to a coaching job, but his rival Tim McCarr (Sonny Tufts) beats him to it. Financially, Wilson is really in no position to retire; unfortunately, he has learned that he suffers from a potentially deadly heart condition. To make matters worse, he's on the outs with his wife Liza (Lizabeth Scott), who has become disillusioned with the status of "team wife." A brief dalliance with team secretary Anne (an excellent performance from Lucille Ball) results in Anne's selfless efforts to help Wilson put his marriage -- and his life -- back together. Though he was ignored by contemporary reviewers, future talk-show host Jack Paar has an amusing supporting role. Most of the football players seen in Easy Living were drawn from the ranks of the real-life L.A. Rams. The film was based on a story by novelist Irwin Shaw.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Easy Living tries so hard to be a really good little drama that one might be tempted to overlook its flaws -- in the end, however, it gets more points for ambition than for achievement. Vera Caspary and Charles Schnee's screenplay has some good things in it, and its focus on a professional athlete undergoing both a personal and professional crisis is fairly rare, but on the whole, the script flirts with this situation without really unearthing the real drama at its core. Victor Mature turns in a good, strong performance, but he doesn't dig as deeply into the character as is demanded, and he has a hard time holding the screen when Lizabeth Scott -- in a wonderfully icy performance -- is playing opposite him. He has an easier time opposite Lucille Ball, whose understated, delicate performance is especially fine and seems to draw forth a deeper performance from Mature. Jacques Tourneur's direction is subtle and balanced, and he makes some nice observations about life in 1949. One watches Easy Living, enjoying it and expecting it to make the leap from average little melodrama to something just a little bit special -- but the film disappoints by never quite doing so.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2012
UPC:
0883316486429
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:17:00
Sales rank:
47,170

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor Mature Pete Wilson
Lizabeth Scott Liza Wilson
Lucille Ball Anne
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
William "Bill" Phillips Ozzie
Charles Lang Whitey
Kenny Washington Benny
Julia Dean Mrs. Belle Ryan
Everett Glass Virgil Ryan
Robert Ellis Urchin
Alex Sharp Dan
Russell Thorson Hunk Edwards
Audrey Young Singer
Los Angeles Rams Themselves
Alan Dinehart Urchins
William Erwin Actor
Jackie Jackson Actor
W.J. O'Brien Actor
Dick Ryan Bartender
Michael St. Angel Gilbert Vollmer
Carl Saxe Man
Robert Graham Actor
Erin Selwyn Nurse
Albin Robeling Chef
Richard Erdman Buddy Morgan
Jim Backus Dr. Franklin
Audrey Wilder Singer

Technical Credits
Jacques Tourneur Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Bau Makeup
Vera Caspary Screenwriter
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Alfred Herman Art Director
Frederic Knudtson Editor
James Lane Asst. Director
Harley Miller Set Decoration/Design
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Schnee Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Robert Sparks Producer
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Webb Score Composer
Harry J. Wild Cinematographer
A. Earl Wolcott Sound/Sound Designer

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