Sunday, February 05, 2006

Today's Movie: Easy to Wed (1946)

This was yesterday's movie, actually. :) EASY TO WED is a lightweight but entertaining remake of the classic screwball comedy LIBELED LADY (1936). This time around the William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, and Jean Harlow roles are played by Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Keenan Wynn, and Lucille Ball.

EASY TO WED can't compare with the original film, but taken on its own terms it's very enjoyable. Williams is always fun to watch, even when she isn't swimming -- there's not very much water action in this picture -- and she and Johnson are an appealing team. They went on to costar in THE DUCHESS OF IDAHO, previously reviewed here, and EASY TO LOVE.

As always, the MGM sets and costumes (not to mention Lucille Ball's hair!) are colorful. The highlights include a rather odd -- yet fun -- musical number featuring organist Ethel Smith. The supporting cast includes Ben Blue, Cecil Kellaway, and June Lockhart.

At present the film is only available on video.

Update: This film is now available on DVD in the TCM Spotlight set Esther Williams: Volume 1.


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