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Easy to Wed(1946)

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Working titles for this film were Libeled Lady and Early to Wed. A November 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that actor Frank Morgan was cast, but he did not appear in the final film. Pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter indicate that art director Merrill Pye and unit manager Jay Marchant completed the filming of backgrounds in Mexico City in late November 1944. According to a January 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item, M-G-M decided not to include the song "I'm Gonna Fall in Love with You," which had been set for Van Johnson, due to concerns about audience reaction to Johnson's singing voice. Although the news item also reported that M-G-M had shelved plans to use the slogan "Van Johnson Sings" in its exploitation campaign, the picture does feature Johnson singing a duet with Esther Williams. According to an unidentified, but contemporary item in the file on the film in the AMPAS Library, Williams was to sing "Can't I Do Anything But Swim," a parody of "Everything Happens to Me," which was written by Harriet Lee, as well as "Guabina chinquinquirerna." Easy to Wed was a remake of the 1936 M-G-M picture Libeled Lady, directed by Jack Conway and starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2474). Johnson and Williams recreated their roles for a Lux Radio Theatre version of the story, which was broadcast on February 27, 1950.