Jean Arthur speaks fluent screwball poetry as written by Preston Sturges in “Easy Living.”
In a script dating from before his own directorial career, the seeds of Sturges’ sharp social satire are already evident.
“Living” is a comedy about a down and out depression girl, played by Jean Arthur, who finds herself the accidental owner of a sable fur coat. Sturges’ screenplay about her unwanted - though not unearned - wealth depicts the demanding career that is Consumption. And not the kind the poets died from.
Sturges and director Mitchell Leisen skew the imaginary profession of Rich Person by provoking scenarios around it that are almost (but not quite) as absurd in conceit.
Arthur sells both the satire and the…