Free and Easy (1941)

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Max and his father are both looking to marry wealthy women. The task would be far easier if either one of them had any money of their own. Max decides on Martha, but Martha says no when he ... See full summary »

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  • Robert Cummings and Ruth Hussey in Free and Easy (1941)
  • Robert Cummings and Ruth Hussey in Free and Easy (1941)
  • Robert Cummings and Ruth Hussey in Free and Easy (1941)
  • Robert Cummings in Free and Easy (1941)
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4 November 2018 | MartinHafer
4
| A couple of charming sociopaths.
When this story begins, you learn that Max (Bob Cummings) and Florian (Nigel Bruce) are son and father....and they are dirt poor. They live by finding girlfriends to support them in the way they've become accustomed and Max is determined to marry a rich lady. In addition, they are fourflushers and don't pay their debts. They are SUPPOSED to be charming...but to me they just seemed like nasty sociopaths. Perhaps this is why this MGM film lost money, as making you like people who are essentially selfish jerks is a tough sell (though it can work...such as in "The Lady Eve").

During the course of the story, Max pursues two women---Joan (Judith Anderson) and Martha (Ruth Hussey)....and he is neither subtle nor coy about either. Joan is rich...Martha isn't. Yet, despite himself, Max decides to marry Martha and then actually WORK for a living! But this plan is derailed when Florian runs up a huge gambling debt...so large he'll end up in prison or dead. So, Max abandons the notion of love and decides to marry Joan. What's next??

This film is a remake of an earlier movie, "-But the Flesh is Weak"...which I also did not like. Both suffered from having leading men who were pretty despicable...and it's so difficult to enjoy any film with such unlikable cads in teh lead. A lot of polish and nice acting, but these aren't enough to overcome the writing.

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