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Easy to Wed

Metro refurbishes the old Libeled Lady script with brilliant color, plenty of fun and assured box-office stars. It all adds up to top-notch entertainment. Accent is on comedy with an occasional song in the new treatment.

Cast:
Van Johnson Esther Williams Lucille Ball Keenan Wynn Cecil Kellaway June Lockhart

Metro refurbishes the old Libeled Lady script with brilliant color, plenty of fun and assured box-office stars. It all adds up to top-notch entertainment. Accent is on comedy with an occasional song in the new treatment.

Eddie Buzzell’s direction emphasizes lightness and speed, despite picture’s long footage. Plot, briefly, concerns a newspaper faced with a libel suit by a rich playgirl and how the sheet brings in a great lover to compromise the gal so suit can be forgotten.

Van Johnson as the great lover and Esther Williams, the libeled lady, team romantically and acquit themselves effectively in the plot development. Lucille Ball is a standout on the comedy end, particularly her sequence where she indulges in an inebriated flight into fantastic Shakespeare. Keenan Wynn’s deft comedy work also presses hard for solid laughs as the newspaper’s manager who concocts the schemes designed to save the sheet’s bankroll.

Easy to Wed

Production: M-G-M. Director Edward Buzzell; Producer Jack Cummings; Screenplay Dorothy Kingsley; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor Blanche Sewell; Music Johnny Green; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters

Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 109 MIN.

With: Van Johnson Esther Williams Lucille Ball Keenan Wynn Cecil Kellaway June Lockhart

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