Easy to Wed (1946)

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To prevent a libel case against the paper, a reporter tries to compromise the reputation of a tycoon's slandered daughter.


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  • Van Johnson and Keenan Wynn in Easy to Wed (1946)
  • Lucille Ball and Van Johnson in Easy to Wed (1946)
  • Cecil Kellaway and Esther Williams in Easy to Wed (1946)
  • Van Johnson and Esther Williams in Easy to Wed (1946)
  • Lucille Ball in Easy to Wed (1946)
  • Esther Williams in Easy to Wed (1946)

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11 February 2017 | TheLittleSongbird
5
| 'Libled Lady' remade
'Libeled Lady' is a marvellous and thoroughly enjoyable comedy, a near-classic with three of the four stars on top form (especially Jean Harlow and William Powell, Spencer Tracy's comedic chops became more refined and more at ease in his later films in my opinion).

'Easy to Wed' is a musical remake but is nowhere near as good and one may question its point. It is by no means a bad film though and makes for more than serviceable entertainment. Starting with its faults, Esther Williams has little to do and her role does not play to her strengths while Van Johnson is wooden in a role just as underwritten and looks uninterested.

The musical numbers don't feel necessary (despite Ethel Smith contributing very nicely on the organ), are not that compellingly staged and are also not particularly memorable, while the story is even more contrived than that of 'Libeled Lady' and lacks its zippy energy (the musical numbers do it no favours), some of it badly drags. The ending feels too pat and incomplete.

However, the classy cinematography, beautiful use of colour and elegant wardrobe more than compensates as does a script that is almost as witty and sophisticated as that of 'Libeled Lady'. The duck hunting scene is not as hilarious as the fishing scene in 'Libeled Lady' but still an amusing scene. Edward Buzell does his best to inject some energy and style and does very competently.

Keenan Wynn has very deft comic timing and doesn't come over as heavy-footed. It's Lucille Ball's exuberant and very funny performance that steals the show though, especially when she indulges into a flight of Shakespeare.

On the whole, vastly inferior but serviceable and watchable. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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