Easy to Love (1953)

Genres - Musical  |   Release Date - Dec 25, 1953 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Esther Williams fans will want to catch Easy to Love, if for nothing more than the extraordinary waterskiing production number that serves as its finale. Those who are immune to the aquatic ballerina's charms will probably want to skip Love, however, for there's not a lot in the plot that will keep them entertained. As a matter of fact, Love's plot is quite uninvolving, and at times irritating. While there certainly are people whose unrequited love causes them to behave like doormats, Williams' character just goes too far; viewers may get frustrated at her indecisiveness and her willingness to do anything and everything for Van Johnson, and no one will believe the last minute change-of-heart that causes Johnson to suddenly decide he's in love with her. Musical aficionados will also be bothered by the musical imbalance of the piece, with some 95 percent of the singing going to one person (Tony Martin). Still, anyone with a fondness for Williams knows that all that really matters are the moments in the water, and Love has plenty of these, culminating in the aforementioned finale, one of the most well-known (and deservedly so) production numbers in the Williams canon. There's also some delectable Helen Rose costumes and smooth Charles Walters direction to help patch up the many rough spots in the screenplay. If Williams is enough for you, Love will keep you entertained; otherwise, you should probably pass.