- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 13 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: December 1, 2009
- Originally Released: 1931
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Beautiful young Laura Murdock chooses the easiest way out of the slums: become the plaything of her wealthy boss. No ring, but lots of clothes, servants and glamour. It's just what Laura wants, until she falls in love with another man and discovers the easy way can lead straight to heartbreak.
Fans adored suffering in luxury with three of Hollywood's biggest names of the '30s: Constance Bennett, Robert Montgomery and Adolph Menjou. But it was a magnetic unknown in a small role who really caught their notice. "Who's that?" everyone wanted to know. By the end of 1931, the year The Easiest Way was released, everyone knew the name: Clark Gable.
In this melodrama that was considered utterly scandalous in its day, an impoverished, beautiful young ghetto girl quickly learns that she can get to Easy Street on her back. Her indecent journey begins when a scout discovers her working in a department store. He gets her signed up to a modeling agency where she soon becomes the mistress of the owner. He gives her plenty of money and a nice place to live. She tries to share the money with her family, but they strongly disapprove of the means by which she is "earning" it. The young model later falls in love with an Argentine tycoon who proposes, but is unable to marry her because he must hastily return to Buenos Aires to attend to personal matters. He asks that she wait for him. She wants to, but finds herself seduced by the lure of her other lover's money and so moves in with him. When the tycoon finally returns and finds out, he is utterly devastated and tragedy ensues for the girl. There are two prints of the film around: one features a happy ending, while in the other, the tragedy continues.