Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thank Goodness For Lucy

I continue on my Esther kick this time with "Easy To Wed" with Van Johnson, Lucille Ball, and Keenan Wynn. 


Warren(Keenan)works for the paper and has just been told that heiress and spoiled brat Connie (Esther) has sued the newspaper for printing "untrue" pics of her with a married man. Warren is supposed to get married to Gladys (Lucille) today but that will be put on hold again.


Warren decides to devise a plan to make the paper's allegations true and hook Connie up with a married man. He calls on pal and trickster Bill (Van) to get married and throw Connie off by pawning his gal Gladys to get hitched.



Gladys hates this idea and despises Bill but and only agrees after being tricked. Off newlyweds Bill and Gladys go to find Connie. It doesn't take long for him to meet Connie and her father. Connie instantly detests Bill, while her father thinks he is fine.


Connie's dad also thinks Bill is a decorated duck hunter and invites him out to their lodge. Connie starts to warm up to Bill.






There are two problems. Bill starts to fall for Connie for real and doesn't want to keep with the plan. Gladys realizes what a tool Warren is for using her against the newspaper and starts to fall for Bill. It is a classic 1946 love triangle.



Connie asks Bill to marry and they do, but what about his fake but real marriage to Gladys? What about her and Warren? The love triangle must be solved so that all are happy.




This film is a bit slow in places and I found myself bored during parts of it. The only thing that really kept me interested was Lucille's fab performance. Part silly, part Lucy Ricardo, she really made this film better. There were also a few fun song and dance sequences, and an amazing performance on the organ by Ethel Smith (who also had a rock'in cameo in "Bathing Beauty").




If you like Esther or Lucille, you might want to check this one out. 

Fun fact: 
According to imdb, (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038505/), 
Fidel Castro is in this film sipping cocktails poolside as an extra!

4 comments:

Irene Palfy said...

Oh, I love the end scene! The musicians are too funny!!

wacky tacky said...

Lucy's hats and clothes are amazing in this one! Have you seen "Libeled Lady?" I love Ethel Smith!!!! I could watch her play for hours; she also has a bit part in "Best Foot Forward" with Lucy - I LOVE ORGAN MUSIC!!!!

Emily said...

I am intrigued by Ethel and want to see more of her. I love her look in this film, and I also love "Libeled lady", that's a good one!

VP81955 said...

Bill starts to fall for Connie for real and doesn't want to keep with the plan. Gladys realizes what a tool Warren is for using her against the newspaper and starts to fall for Bill. It is a classic 1946 love triangle.

As witnessed by the references to "Libeled Lady," more like a remake of a classic 1936 love triangle.