Easy to Love (1953 film)
|Easy to Love|
|Directed by||Charles Walters|
|Produced by||Joe Pasternak|
|Written by||Laszio Vadnay|
|Screenplay by||William Roberts|
|Music by||Lennie Hayton|
Robert Van Eps
|Edited by||Gene Ruggiero|
Ray Lloyd (Van Johnson) runs a successful Cypress Gardens water show, but star attraction Julie Hallerton (Esther Williams) is overworked and underpaid. She fibs about pretending to marry her aquatic partner Hank (John Bromfield), but is persuaded by Ray to accompany him to New York instead.
Julie's hired to pose for a magazine lipstick ad when handsome singer Barry Gordon (Tony Martin) takes the place of a male model and kisses her instead. Barry offers to introduce Julie to a promoter who agrees to hire her for a New York water show he produces. Moreover, he will pay her more and treat her better than does Ray.
When they return to Florida, a jealous Hank tells off Ray for not realizing how Julie truly feels. Her roommate Nancy (Edna Skinner) whacks her accidentally with a water ski, knocking Julie cold. All three men in her life rush to her side, and it appears Barry's going to win her.
At the last moment, Ray realizes he's in love with Julie, and vice versa. Barry quickly turns his attention to another bathing beauty while Nancy reveals a romantic interest in Hank.
- Esther Williams as Julie Hallerton
- Van Johnson as Ray Lloyd
- Tony Martin as Barry Gordon
- John Bromfield as Hank
- Edna Skinner as Nancy Parmel
- Carroll Baker (in her feature film debut) as Clarice
- Hal Borne(as Hal Berns) as Melvin, the pianist
- Emory Parnell as Mr. Huffnagel
Carroll Baker made her film debut in a small role as a once-married woman interested in Tony Martin's character, and jealous of Esther Williams.
Tony Martin's wife Cyd Charisse visited the set during filming and makes a cameo at the end of the film.
According to MGM records the film made $2,349,000 in the US and Canada and $1,440,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $385,000.
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