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Easy to Wed (1946)

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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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Cast

Esther Williams
as Connie Allenbury
Van Johnson
as Bill Stevens Chandler
Lucille Ball
as Gladys Benton
Keenan Wynn
as Warren Haggerty
Cecil Kellaway
as J.B. Allenbury
Ben Blue
as Spike Dolan
Ethel Smith
as Herself
June Lockhart
as Babs Norvell
Grant Mitchell
as Homer Henshaw
Josephine Whittell
as Mrs. Burns Norvell
Paul Harvey
as Farwood
Jonathan Hale
as Hector Boswell
Celia Travers
as Farwood's Secretary
Sybil Merritt
as Receptionist
Sondra Rodgers
as Attendant
Dick Winslow
as Orchestra Leader
George Calliga
as Headwaiter
Tom Dugan
as Waiter
Walter Soderling
as Mr. & Mrs.Dibson
Sarah Edwards
as Mr. & Mrs.Dibson
Milt Kibbee
as Private Detective
Mitzie Uehlein
as Girls at Pool
Mildred Sellers
as Girls at Pool
Robert E. O'Connor
as Taxi Driver
Phyllis Graffeo
as Girls at Pool
Kanza Omar
as Girls at Pool
Louise Burnette
as Girls at Pool
Patricia Denise
as Girls at Pool
Chavo De Leon
as Rumba Dancer
Nina Bara
as Rumba Dancer
Milton Kibbee
as Private Detective
Jack Shea
as Lifeguard
Joel Friedkin
as Justice of the Peace
Charles Sullivan
as TruckDriver
Frank S. Hagney
as Truck Driver
Jean Porter
as Frances
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sure, a lot of these mgm musical comedies are entertainment fluff and no doubt, but as results of the studio system they are, like sweets from a bakery, always rich, maybe not too smart, but loaded with flavor. and similarly because of the system, and the intense competition in it, the performers more often than not were adept at any number of disciplines. yesterday, august 8th, was ms. williams 87th birthday (congrats, ms. williams, and thanks for everything)! yep, still among the living, and this work from 1946 amply displays what a contribution to the culture one human being can make. helping her in between the obligatory swimming scenes is the underrated boy-next-door van johnson, more than able to hold his own in song, keenan wynn as the big, bad, ruthless newspaperman, and also mercurial lucille ball, ever deserving her redheaded fame, as the more-than-a-mouthful second banana.

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