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Love love love the chemistry between Jean Arhur and Ray Milland!
Jean Arthur is always so good as a woman who takes this in her stride but still looks hard put upon, and in Easy Living, that's still true even though those things are people showering her with expensive gifts for no reason she can discern. It starts with a rich banker (comic belligerent Edward Arnold) throwing his wife's fur coat out the window and onto our heroine and goes on from there. A madcap series of coincidences and misunderstandings follows. The Preston Sturges script is full of fast patter and makes up for the more dated physical comedy, which I find a little broad, thanks. I'm not sure the stock market subplot makes sense (or is legal, I should say), but this is pretty typical for the era. Regardless, what carries us through is Jean Arthur's charm and energy, and it's a shame the the character's light needs to be extinguished by marital concerns soon after the film. It was 1937, what can I say? The romance has value if only for that one moment that can be read two ways, as to whether or not Easy Living broke the Hays Code or not!
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This movie ranks #70 in iCheckMovies's 1930s Top 100
This movie ranks #184 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #244 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #674 in Doubling the Canon