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Free and Easy (1930)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 22 March 1930 (USA)
A bumbling manager tries to get a small town beauty contest winner into the movies.

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William Haines - Guest at Premiere
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Gopher City Kansas hosts a beauty contest. The winner, Elvira Plunkett, and her mother go to Hollywood. The Chamber of Commerce also provides Elvira with an agent, Gopher City's own Elmer J. Butz. Elmer likes Elvira and the shy Elvira likes him, but Mrs. Plunkett, a formidable woman, has little use for hapless Elmer. On the train west, they meet movie star Larry Mitchell, who takes a shine to Elvira and helps her meet MGM directors once they get to Tinsel Town. Elmer, meanwhile, wants to help Elvira with her career and he also wants to be her man. Movie stardom does come to the Gopher City entourage, but to whom is a surprise. And who will win the lovely Elvira's hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Musical

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Easy Go  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Retitled "Easy Go" in order to avoid confusion with the similarly titled 1941 MGM release, this film was first telecast in New York City on the Late, Late Show Monday 8 September 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

When Larry orders his car, a visible mike descends from the upper right hand corner of the frame while he says his line, then rises out of sight again. See more »

Quotes

Lionel Barrymore - Director of Bedroom Scene: Where in the heck did you come from?
Elmer Butts: Gopher City, Kansas.
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Connections

Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Penitentiary Blues
(1930) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by William Kernell
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MGM's First Snuff Film
15 August 2002 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

If you're interested in watching a major movie studio kill a comic genius' career, then "Free and Easy" is for you. If you want to watch a movie that makes you seeth with anger, while watching your favorite star sink lower and lower into an alcoholic haze, then by all means, watch "Free and Easy". However, if you want to be entertained, by all means stay away from this movie. Its only redeeming qualities are hearing the voices of Buster Keaton and Bill Haines, and the amusing (in the lowest possible way) musical number of "Oh King" at the end. But beware the clown costume.


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