EASY LIVING
1937, Universal, 88 min, USA, Dir: Mitchell Leisen

Preston Sturges wrote this Depression-era Cinderella story, in which working girl Jean Arthur's fortunes change after she lucks into possession of a rich woman's coat. As those around her assume that what she wears is an indicator of who she is, Arthur climbs the social ladder and eventually falls in love with Ray Milland - the son of the coat's real owner. Sturges' wit is on full display here, given added elegance by Leisen's beautiful direction.


RHUBARB
1951, Paramount, 94 min, USA, Dir: Arthur Lubin

Two-time Patsy Award winner Orangey stars as Rhubarb, a kitty who inherits a sizable sum of money and pro baseball team the Brooklyn Loons when his millionaire owner (Gene Lockhart) dies. The team protests being owned by a cat, so the Loons manager (Ray Milland) must come up with ways of convincing the ball players that the feline is good luck. With Jan Sterling.


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