Easy Living

Synopsis: J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending family. He takes his wife's just-bought (very expensive) sable coat and throws it off the roof, it lands on poor hard-working girl Mary Smith. But it isn't so easy to just give away something so valuable, as he soon learns.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Mitchell Leisen
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

Good morning, sir. Same to you.

Well, well, well, well!

Oh, I beg your pardon, sir.

Good morning, sir.

Good morning.

Good morning, sir.

Good morning.

Good morning, sir.

Oh! You shouldn't have

black cats in the house!

It's bad luck!

Oh, sir,

your trousers!

I see you're down early for

breakfast this morning, sir.

Give me your hand!

Graves! Graves, where are you? Come here.

Coming, Mr. Ball.

What's the matter

with the old garbage can?

Somebody stole it,

Mr. Ball.

Oh, nothing is safe!

I thought I just bought you a

new car a couple of months ago.

Well, I turned it in as a

down payment on the Lugatti

and they're getting

kind of restless.

Tell the chef the world isn't made of butter.

You mean to tell me you

turned in a perfectly good,

free and clear paid-up American

car for a foreign jalopy?

Tell him to try lard.

Oh, but, Mr. Ball,

the chef says that...

That's all right

what the chef says!

Tell him he can fry an egg

very nicely in lard.

Tell him I said so.

I told you 9,000 times, never

to buy anything on time payments!

Even a... Even a cat

should understand that!

Certainly should.

I'll tell you why. How much

did you pay for the car?


So you paid $11,000

for a secondhand Spagotti.

Now, wait a minute!

I've waited for 20 years to find out

that I was the father of a butterfly.

A muttonhead!

Well, I think you're being

slightly offensive, Father.

Oh, you think I'm offensive, do you?

Well, let me

tell you something!

If anybody called me

a loafer and a parlor snake,

I'd knock their block off, even

if it was my own grandfather!

Well, we don't do that to

our grandfathers these days!

Take it away!

What your grandfather would have

done to you is nobody's business!

I remember when

I was about your age.

I was out

all night playing, see?

And when I...

Well, I'll put $1,000

to your account in the bank.

Don't bother.


I said don't bother!

I'm very grateful for the room

and board, but not at these prices!

The cooking isn't

good enough!

The cooking isn't good enough! No.

Graves, where are you!

Come here!

The cooking isn't

good enough!

And I'll tell you something

else that isn't good enough.

It's being a banker's son.

Everybody thinking you're a fool who

couldn't make a nickel on his own!

A nincompoop living

on his father's charity!

Oh, pooh!

I was a banker's son

and up until

I was 26 years old

I was just as dumb

as you are.

Yes, indeed, sir.

But after a while all the fat

fell off my brains and I...

Say, how old are you?

Old enough to earn

a very good living

without any help from you

or your sneering friends.

And if any of my sneering

friends ever gave you a job,

I'd have their head examined!

That's what you think.

I'm gonna make you eat those

words. That's all you'll be eating.



Right! Yeah!

Right! Yeah!


Yes, sir.

Here. You'd better

take this with...

Uh... What is this?

Madam told me

to give it to you, sir.

Jenny! Jenny,

where are you?

Oh! Hiding, huh?

I am not hiding.

What do you mean by buying another fur coat?

You want me to

look nice, don't you?

After all, the wife of

the fourth biggest banker...

I beg your pardon!

The third biggest banker!

Well, the third

biggest banker.

Yes, and you know well enough

I'm the third biggest banker!

What's the matter with the

other fur coats you've got?

Why, I haven't any to speak of,

and besides, they're out of style.

Out of... How can

a fur coat get out of style?

A skunk smells the same

today as he did in 1906.

Now, where is it?

I won't tell you!

Jenny, you're being

very childish in this matter.

All I've got to do

is open these doors.

Here! Wait a minute!

Holy smoke!

Well, what about this one?

What about...

What about this one?

That... That...

That's kolinsky.

Oh! Well, I guess

you've got me, Jenny.

You're not as smart

as people think you are.

Oh, that's right,

that's right.

I think I'll take this

kolinsky for a consolation.

You give me that coat!

Now, now, wait a minute!

Wait a minute!


Jenny! Bring that

coat back!



Open this door!

Jenny, give me that...

Give me that coat or I...

Open this...

You're making yourself very

ridiculous. Now, open the door!


Oh, nobody thinks

of my blood pressure at all!


Good morning, sir.

Good morning, Joseph, Justin

or whatever your name is!

I beg your pardon, Martin.

Yes, madam.

Thank you.

Jenny! Can I speak with

you a moment, my love?

Jenny! Pardon me,

Martin. Jenny!

Just a minute,

my dear!

Jenny, come down... Oh, throwing

things again, huh? Jenny!

Jenny! Jenny!

Oh, it's you.

Did you see Mrs. Ball up here? No. No, sir!

Did she tell you

to say that?

Yes, sir. But...

But I... I mean...

You mean... I know

what you mean.


Now that you've made us

both look ridiculous...

But I tell you Mr. Zickel won't

take it back! He told me so.

They were especially

grown in Russia.

Give it to me!

Juny, you can't get

your money back!

You'll have to pay for it!

There simply isn't a thing.

Hand it over!

Hand it over!

Well, now that you've got it, what

are you going to do with it, eat it?

I'll show you

what I'll do with it!

Say, what's the big idea, anyway?


Watch your step,



Pleasant day, sir. You think so?

Listen to me, you!


Do you want me to fry in

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Preston Sturges

Preston Sturges (; born Edmund Preston Biden; August 29, 1898 – August 6, 1959) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and film director. In 1941, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Great McGinty, his first of three nominations in the category. Sturges took the screwball comedy format of the 1930s to another level, writing dialogue that, heard today, is often surprisingly naturalistic, mature, and ahead of its time, despite the farcical situations. It is not uncommon for a Sturges character to deliver an exquisitely turned phrase and take an elaborate pratfall within the same scene. A tender love scene between Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve was enlivened by a horse, which repeatedly poked its nose into Fonda's head. Prior to Sturges, other figures in Hollywood (such as Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and Frank Capra) had directed films from their own scripts, however Sturges is often regarded as the first Hollywood figure to establish success as a screenwriter and then move into directing his own scripts, at a time when those roles were separate. Sturges famously sold the story for The Great McGinty to Paramount Pictures for $1, in return for being allowed to direct the film; the sum was quietly raised to $10 by the studio for legal reasons. more…

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