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PREVIOUSLY PLAYED

EASY LIVING

12:30   2:40   4:50   7:15   9:15

Through Thursday, January 3

Directed by Mitchell Leisen

Screenplay by Preston Sturges

(1937, Mitchell Leisen) Working woman Jean Arthur is bonked on the head with a mink coat while riding on an open-air Fifth Avenue double-decker, mistaken for the mistress of Wall Street lion Edward Arnold, given the most outrageously moderne of Manhattan penthouse suites, and finds love in the Automat with fresh-faced Ray Milland. One of the last screenplays written by Preston Sturges for another director — with a parade of character actors who’d later make up his own stock company. 35mm. Approx. 86 min.

Plus SALLY SWING (1938): Betty Boop discovers her office scrub woman is a rug-cutting killer-diller.

SPEND NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH BETTY, JEAN AND RAY. Free bubbly for 7:15 and 9:15 ticketholders on Monday, December 31.

A UNIVERSAL PICTURES RELEASE

Reviews

“One of the most pleasurable of the romantic comedies of the 1930s – and full of surprises.”
– Pauline Kael

“Funny and gracious and generous in the best Sturges tradition… [but] velvety smooth and comfortably movie-ish in a way no Sturges-directed film ever was… Arthur gives Easy Living much of its spunky-elegant resilience. Leisen’s homage to Sternberg-on-Dietrich is, like Arthur’s ambivalent attitude toward her own working-girl beauty, satiric without being derisive, delighted in itself just this side of delirium.”
– Pauline Kael