Preston Sturges had signed a deal with Paramount in 1936, and Easy Living was his first assignment for them.  Although putatively based on a story by Vera Caspary, Sturges in fact supposedly kept almost nothing of it except the mink coat. When a studio executive rejected the script because “1936 was not the time for comedies”, Sturges took the script directly to Mitchell Leisen, of which Sturges said “going to a director over the head of my producer was not a sagacious move.”

via Easy Living (1937 film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

A reader recently reminded my what a delightful talent Jean Arthur was, this screwball comedy begins when a mink coat is tossed off the roof of Manhattan penthouse, and a completely charming movie ensues.



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  1. January 28, 2013

    Preston Sturges is my all-time favourite director, and Jean Arthur was a gem, too.

    • January 28, 2013

      I could kiss you! Preston Sturges movies are right up there with Billy Wilder’s and Ernst Lubitsch’s – I might have to send you a cake on his birthday. Which is August 28th, remind me 😉

      • January 28, 2013

        Haha! 🙂 Seriously, though, I do love Wilder and Lubitsch so much, too. What sets Sturges apart for me, other than his world-view, is the fact that all of his masterpieces (7 or 8, depending on your opinion) were made in 4 years. 4 years.

  2. January 29, 2013

    Oh, it isn’t mink! It’s kolinsky!

    • January 29, 2013

      Catriona, (by the way, love “I Know Where I’m Going”) you are so right! A rare Russian coat, indeed! I can’t remember the price tag… $58,000?

  3. catrionapotts
    January 29, 2013

    Garson Kanin was right: Jean Arthur would have been perfect as Billie in Born Yesterday.

  4. December 9, 2013

    Dearest V
    We have a local furriers where The Dandy resides now (frequented by a certain Miss Moss). I often stare in the windows and wonder about a muffler.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • December 11, 2013

      Definitely. I don’t care how un-PC it is… It is WARM.

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