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Director:
Writers:
Richard Schayer (scenario)
Paul Dickey (adaptation)
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Release Date:
22 March 1930 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A bumbling manager tries to get a small town beauty contest winner into the movies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Buster Keaton and Anita Page in early sound film trifle... See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Buster Keaton ... Elmer Butts

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

Robert Montgomery ... Larry
Fred Niblo ... Director Fred Niblo
Edgar Dearing ... Studio Gate Guard

Gwen Lee ... Gwen Lee - Actress in Bedroom Scene
John Miljan ... John Miljan - Actor in Bedroom Scene

Lionel Barrymore ... Lionel Barrymore - Director of Bedroom Scene

William Haines ... William Haines - Guest at Premiere
William Collier Jr. ... William Collier Jr. - Master of Ceremonies at Premiere

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

Jackie Coogan ... Jackie Coogan - at Premiere (uncredited)

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

Ann Dvorak ... Chorine (uncredited)
Joseph Farnham ... Joseph Farnham (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ... Doorman at Premiere (uncredited)
Lottice Howell ... Vocalist in 'It Must Be You' Number (uncredited)
Arthur Lange ... Arthur Lange - Orchestral Conductor (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Theodore Lorch - Dynamite Scene Director (uncredited)
Billy May ... Billy May (uncredited)
Doris McMahon ... Singer and Dancer in the 'Free and Easy' number (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Sedgwick 
 
Writing credits
Richard Schayer (scenario)

Paul Dickey (adaptation)

Al Boasberg (dialogue)

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
 
Crew verified as complete


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)

Did You Know?

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. Buster Keaton, who plays Elmer Butts, was also born in 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:Oh woe is me, the sqween has quooned.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
Snake CharmerSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Buster Keaton and Anita Page in early sound film trifle..., 30 August 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

BUSTER KEATON and ANITA PAGE are saddled with some lame dialog and tacky situations in this hokey comedy about an aspiring beauty contest winner (Page) who travels to Hollywood with her mother in hope of becoming America's next motion picture sweetheart. It's a look at early Hollywood and for that reason alone it's fairly entertaining.

ROBERT MONTGOMERY is featured as Larry Mitchell, a movie star who takes an interest in Page after a chance meeting on the train to Hollywood. Keaton is his usual bumbling self but the script is a mess with dialog that is painfully unfunny. Nobody can really save the comedy/musical from being way less than ordinary. Keaton with stilted lines is less funny than when he's pantomiming it up in silent films.

Robert Montgomery is dubbed for a couple of awkward musical numbers, all done in the early style of MGM talkies before a word like "finesse" could be assigned to them. The tinny sound recording is no help.

Best excuse for watching is to see how things improved rapidly in the late thirties and forties, but this one has to be regarded as strictly a curiosity piece for fans of Buster Keaton and early sound films.

Painfully unfunny in an amateurish kind of way for a film from MGM. Interesting only for a glimpse of early Hollywood pioneering.

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