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Director:
Writers:
Richard Schayer (scenario by)
Paul Dickey (adaptation)
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Release Date:
22 March 1930 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A bumbling manager tries to get a small town beauty contest winner into the movies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Buster Keaton ... Elmer

Anita Page ... Elvira
Trixie Friganza ... Ma

Robert Montgomery ... Larry
Fred Niblo ... Director Niblo
Edgar Dearing ... Officer
Gwen Lee ... Bedroom Scene
John Miljan ... Bedroom Scene

Lionel Barrymore ... Bedroom Scene

William Haines ... A Guest
William Collier Jr. ... Master of Ceremonies

Dorothy Sebastian ... Cave Scene
Karl Dane ... Cave Scene
David Burton ... Director Burton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Baxley ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Edward Brophy ... Benny - The Stage Manager (uncredited)
Richard Carle ... Aide Crowning Elmer (uncredited)
Louise Carver ... Big German Woman (uncredited)
Emile Chautard ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Jackie Coogan ... Himself (uncredited)

Cecil B. DeMille ... Himself (uncredited)
Drew Demorest ... Larry's Valet (uncredited)

Ann Dvorak ... Chorine (uncredited)
Joseph Farnham ... Himself (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ... Doorman at Premiere (uncredited)
Lottice Howell ... Vocalist in 'It Must Be You' Number (uncredited)
Arthur Lange ... Himself - Orchestral Conductor (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Mr. Larch - Dynamite Scene Director (uncredited)
Billy May ... Himself (uncredited)
Marion Shilling ... Singer and Dancer in 'The Free and Easy' Number (uncredited)
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Directed by
Edward Sedgwick 
 
Writing credits
Richard Schayer (scenario by)

Paul Dickey (adaptation by)

Al Boasberg (dialogue by)

Produced by
Buster Keaton .... producer (uncredited)
Edward Sedgwick .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Axt (foreign version) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leonard Smith (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William LeVanway (film editor)
George Todd (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Production Management
Edward Brophy .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Jack Jordan .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Douglas Shearer .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Karl Zint .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Hurrell Sr. .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Cox .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Fred E. Ahlert .... words and music by
Roy Turk .... words and music by
 
Other crew
Sammy Lee .... dances staged by
 
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Production Companies
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (presents) (controlled by Loew's Incorporated) (An Edward Sedgwick Production) (A Buster Keaton Production)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Easy Go" - USA (TV title)
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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The three main characters of the film - Elmer Butts, and Elvira and Ma Plunkett - come to Hollywood from Gopher City, Kansas. Trixie Friganza, who plays Ma Plunkett, was in fact from Kansas.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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:
Elmer Butts:...I had one too many vanillas, and I kissed her on the back porch!See more »
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Soundtrack:
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Buster Keaton's Talkie Debut, 10 August 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A FREE AND EASY, hapless young man escorts Miss Gopher City, Kansas & her unspeakable mother out west to Hollywood, where they hope to make her a big time movie star. Fate, however, in the shape of a handsome movie actor, intervenes...

With the end of the Silent Era, and Keaton no longer in control of his own career, FREE AND EASY was to be his first talking picture. While certainly not a classic, it has a certain small charm of its own and Keaton does a valiant job to provide both laughs & pathos. It is really not fair to compare Keaton's sound films with his silent masterpieces. They were two very different art forms.

It is great fun to watch Buster stumble about the MGM lot, leaving chaos in his wake wherever he goes. Although there are awkward moments of staging, due largely to the restrictions of the microphone, Keaton's genius still shines through. He is given wonderful support from mammoth vaudeville veteran Trixie Friganza, as the ghastly stage mother. With her booming voice & facile face, she is able to steal scenes even from Keaton. They are hilarious together in their `Oh King! Oh Queen!' musical number.

Lovely Anita Page, as Miss Gopher City, gets small chance to do anything here besides look lovely. But Robert Montgomery, as the movie actor, gets to show-off some of the charm that would very soon make him a major star.

Verisimilitude is added to Keaton's chaotic adventures in Hollywood by peppering the scenes with real celebrities from the era appearing as themselves. Movie mavens should have fun spotting them: directors Cecil B. DeMille, Fred Niblo & Lionel Barrymore, as well as Jackie Coogan, Karl Dane, Dorothy Sebastian, John Miljan, Gwen Lee and 1930's top box office male, William Haines. That's Edward Brophy as the Stage Manager.

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