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The working titles of this film were Education of the Heart and Interference. Education of the Heart was also the title of Irwin Shaw's unpublished story. In May 1948, Los Angeles Times announced that Jane Greer would be starring in this picture, the first since the birth of her baby. RKO borrowed Victor Mature from Twentieth Century-Fox for the production and Lucille Ball and Lizabeth Scott from Hal Wallis' company. Easy Living was the first film that Ball, who had been a contract player at RKO during the 1930s, made at the studio following a seven-year absence. According to Hollywood Reporter, June Bright, who plays the suicidal model in the film, was a model in real life, appearing on the covers of many magazines.
According to an unidentified July 1948 news item contained in the file for the film at the AMPAS Library, director Jacques Tourneur, a Frenchman, had never seen a football game before working on this picture. The same item notes that some scenes were to be shot at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. Kenny Washington, who plays "Benny" in the picture, was a former Los Angeles Ram halfback and was well known as the first of two African Americans to play for the National Football League. Woody Strode, who also became an actor, was the other.