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  • Easy to Wed (1946)

    • Mr. Blandings
    • 10/12/13

    Ill-fitting film that doesn't quite hit all the marks. Relieved to see Esther's swimming scenes reduced to a bare minimum. She's an excellent actress who deserves characters with range so I'm sorry she got so many parts just to have her swim. Esther glows in this film as the "cold, rich b*tch" who reveals a sensitive interior. Lucille Ball also impressed me, not with the comedic side of her character (in which we see the beginnings of "Lucy" greatness), but with the dramatic side of her performance, which was genuinely moving. Unfortunately, the film only goes so far and then stutters. The ending, for instance, feels rushed and ungenuine, with the movie preferring to waste time earlier with an endlessly long duck hunting scene. Seeing the unfunny Van Johnson splash around in soundstage waters with that poor dog is like watching a poor man's version of Danny Kaye make a fool of himself. Without perfect comedic timing or hilarious facial expressions in a scene like this, why even bother? Johnson is like a fish out of water when it comes to stuff like this. **

  • Woderful,Delightful Movie

    • George Costidis
    • 7/15/11

    I have always enjoyed this remake of "Libeled Lady" as superb as the origainal b/w movie is, "Easy to Wed" brings a new dimension to the story--it is turned into a technicolor spectaular embellished with wonderful musical production numbers. It is filmed in the grand style at the height of MGM's musicals of the 1940's. Van Johnson is a great straight man to the classic, comedic antics of a young and, beautiful Lucile Ball who looks absolutely spectacular in technicolor. Keenan Wynn is as funny as can be while he strings Lucille Ball along postponinng their marriage for the good of the newspaper he writes for. It's a nice change to see Esther Williams, predominantly, without a pool. She is an underated actress whom people asume without a swimming pool she is mediocre. In this vehicle she shines as a young and beautiful acrtress who demonstrates the atributes of a compassionate, girl next door type who happens to be rich. She is lovely, vivacious and quite the Terpsicorian as so well manifested in the final grand production number with Van Johnson backed by an exccelent Latin number played by the ever exhuberant, organist, Ethel Smith. Finally, Cecil Kellaway plays the role of Esther Williams' father so natuarally, who is understanding and. will do whatever it takes to make his daughter happy. In all, if you love MGM musicals in the grand style, this one should not be missed. Seeing the beautiful and engaging Esther Williams without a pool is a delight and watching the Lucille Ball doing the classic comedy she later brought to television is worth the price of admission.

  • Easy to like

    • Jarrod McDonald
    • 1/20/10

    I agree, that this remake is not as good as 'Libeled Lady' a decade earlier. Nobody could be as good as William Powell and Myrna Loy, and there's only one Jean Harlow. But I think Lucille Ball does fairly well, and you can see her comic abilities really crystallize here. She's so thin and what a treat to see her gorgeous eyes and that red hair in Technicolor. Her chemistry with Van Johnson is great, and this isn't the only film they made together. It was interesting to see which sections of the earlier film were retained and which ones were revised. For instance, the fishing shtick is switch to duck hunting. Also, there are some Latin music numbers added. This was probably considered a safe vehicle for these stars, and since they had such good raw material to use, the film is able to glide by on its charms. Nonetheless, it could've been much better and every bit as much a classic as the earlier production. It's ultimately an A/B picture.

  • MGM's Queen of Comedy

    • carlos velazquez
    • 6/14/08

    The popular teaming of Esther Williams and Van Johnson may have been the motive for remaking this film but it is Keenan Wynn and Ms. Ball who take this film and run with it. Lucille Ball, never lovelier and always talented, shows her genius every chance she gets. Her performance is gold. One can see why she was voted Queen of Comedy by the Drama Guilds of America as early as 1946. I only wish this DVD was sold seperately from the Esther Williams box set so I can have my own!

  • Fabulous Movie!

    • judy mallon
    • 7/22/07

    This is one of my favorite movies of Esther Williams, but actually Van Johnson and Lucille Ball steal the show. I love the scene when Van Johnson gets Lucille Ball slightly drunk. I love this movie!

  • Remakes should be as good if not better

    • Gary Anderson
    • 7/20/07

    This film is the reason why movies should ONLY be remade in those rare situations when the remake will bring a new perspective or fresh approach to old material. EASY TO WED does neither. The cast of lead actors - Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn, Esther Williams and Lucille Ball are pale in comparison to the excellence of William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow in original film LIBELED LADY (1936). EASY TO WED is not funny, or romantic or fun. Watching it is an exercise in poor filmmaking. Exposition is slathered onto the script without style or finesse. The editing is so amateurish that its hard to imagine this was release by a major film studio. Moreover, all of the music is forgettable and the swimming scenes are completely a waste of celluloid. All Van Johnson does is make you wonder how he was considered a major movie star at any time. I understand why he worked during World War II, but after real actors returned from the war there was no reason to continue to hire him. The less said about Esther Williams and Lucille Ball the better. The direction, if you can call it that, is sluggish, uninspired and feels as if it last twice as long as its real running time of 110 minutes. Stay away from this film at every opportunity.

  • the perfect marraige

    • Penny Loken-Evans
    • 2/19/07

    this movie is absolutely delightful. Lucille Ball is awsome in it, Esther Williams does one of her best performances. I look forward to it coming to DVD.

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