Silver Screen warms up to a fur coat in ‘Easy Living’ |

Silver Screen warms up to a fur coat in ‘Easy Living’

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday with the screwball comedy “Easy Living” from 1937.

With a dreary job and an empty piggy bank, Jean Arthur needs a change. She gets it when a sable coat falls on her head. Suddenly she’s unemployed, living in a sumptuous hotel, and reeling at the center of zany mixups.

Why should a fur coat cause such an uproar? Well, in the 1930s, it was understood that a single woman who wore an expensive coat like this one couldn’t have earned the money for it herself. Mary Smith may insist she’s a good girl, but everyone knows she’s lying.

Wink, wink.

Mary returns the coat to millionaire Edward Arnold, who threw his wife’s umpteenth fur out the window in disgust. But her reputation is ruined.

She’s fired from her job at a boys’ magazine, because the magazine can’t afford to have someone with her character working there.

Even though she tries to explain to everyone, only two people believe her: The millionaire and his son (Ray Milland), who finds himself falling in love with her.

The next scheduled movie is “The Stranger,” with Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young, on March 6.

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