Easy to Wed

Overview

This Technicolor musical remake of the 1936 comedy classic Libeled Lady isn't quite up to the standards of the original, but on its own terms is quite entertaining. Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Lucille Ball and Keenan Wynn expertly assume the roles originally played by William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy. Faced with a libel suit from socialite Connie Allenbury Williams, newspaper editor Warren Haggerty Wynn cooks up a plan to beat Connie at her own game. To do this, he must rely upon the ...
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Overview

This Technicolor musical remake of the 1936 comedy classic Libeled Lady isn't quite up to the standards of the original, but on its own terms is quite entertaining. Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Lucille Ball and Keenan Wynn expertly assume the roles originally played by William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy. Faced with a libel suit from socialite Connie Allenbury Williams, newspaper editor Warren Haggerty Wynn cooks up a plan to beat Connie at her own game. To do this, he must rely upon the romantic chicanery of ex-employee Bill Stevens Chandler Johnson, with Haggerty's fiancee Gladys Benton Ball caught in the middle. The comedy high point of the original Libeled Lady, in which William Powell is forced to demonstrate his non-existent prowess as a fisherman, is ably repeated in Easy to Wed when Van Johnson must prove his skills at duck-hunting. The songs aren't anything special, but Lucille Ball's superb comic performance is worth the admission price in itself.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Easy to Wed is an average MGM musical that, if not quite as good as its source material, Libeled Lady, certainly has a few modest charms. For an Esther Williams film, there's not as much swimming as might be expected, and that's unfortunate; while Williams was not really a bad actress, this is not one of the parts for which she was better suited, and a bit more time spent showing off her aquatic prowess might have livened things up. As it is, most of the livening comes from the extremely funny Lucille Ball. Though she lacks the warmth and vulnerability that Jean Harlow brought to the part of Libeled, she is at the top of her form, technique-wise, and when she lays into a laugh line, she hits it for all she's worth and then some. (She also has rarely looked more stunning.) Van Johnson is a bit bland, but not objectionably so, and again the second lead -- Keenan Wynn -- helps to take up some of the slack. The score is so-so and the direction is efficient but workmanlike; there are some smashing Irene Sharaff costumes. Altogether, Easy to Wed is okay but largely unmemorable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 027616466235
  • Original Release: 1946
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  • Source: MGM (WARNER)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Van Johnson Bill Stevens Chandler
Esther Williams Connie Allenbury
Lucille Ball Gladys Benton
Keenan Wynn Warren Haggerty
Cecil Kellaway J.B. Allenbury
June Lockhart Babs Norvell
Carlos Ramirez Himself
Ethel Smith Herself
Grant Mitchell Homer Henshaw
James Flavin Joe
Celia Travers Farwood's Secretary
Sybil Merritt Receptionist
Sondra Rodgers Attendant
Nina Bara Rumba Dancer
Ben Blue Spike Dolan
Monte Blue
Karin [Katharine] Booth Clerk
George Calliga Headwaiter
Patricia Denise Girls at Pool
Tom Dugan Waiter
Sarah Edwards Mr. & Mrs. Dibson
Fred Fisher
Fred Fisher
Joel Friedkin Justice of the Peace
Phyllis Graffeo
Frank S. Hagney Truck Driver
Jonathan Hale Hector Boswell
Paul Harvey Farwood
Milt Kibbee Private Detective
Charles Knight
Robert E. O'Connor Taxi Driver
Kanza Omar
Alex Pollard Waiter
Jean Porter Frances
Guy Bates Post
Jack Shea Lifeguard
Walter Soderling
Charles Sullivan
Mitzie Uehlein
John Valentine Butler
Josephine Whittell Mrs. Burns Norvell
Dick Winslow Orchestra Leader
Technical Credits
Edward N. Buzzell Director
Jack Bonar Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Jack Cummings Producer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Jack Donohue Choreography
Ted Duncan Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Johnny Green Score Composer
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
George Oppenheimer Screenwriter
Hans Peters Art Director
Howard Emmet Rogers Screenwriter
Blanche Sewell Editor
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Maurine Watkins Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
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