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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 »
User Reviews:
Keaton's Starring Talkie Debut 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)
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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:Oh woe is me, the queen has swooned, after you.
Fred Niblo:The queen didn't swoon after me!
Elmer Butts:She swoon after me?
Fred Niblo:She didn't swoon after anybody!
Elmer Butts:Then why all the excitement?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
Penitentiary BluesSee more »

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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Keaton's Starring Talkie Debut, 12 April 2005
Author: drednm from United States

Not really that bad but very bizarre. Buster Keaton in his starring talkie debut had talent and charm to spare, but the film is so weird. MGM had taken control of Keaton as had the Talmadge family, but he's game here as a hayseed manager accompanying Miss Gopher City (Anita Page) to Hollywood along with her stage door mother (Trixie Friganza). Some really funny stuff among the not-so-funny. MGM tosses in some guests stars like William Haines, Robert Montgomery, Lionel Barrymore, Dorothy Sebastian, Karl Dane, Gwen Lee, John Miljan, William Collier, and directors like Fred Niblo and Cecl B. DeMille, who chats up yes men about his future leading lady: Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Marion Davies, or Bebe Daniels. Lots of MGM name dropping and studio in jokes. Keaton is actually very good in his transition to sound, but the film meanders away and around the bend. He's surprisingly good in a dance number with an excellent young woman (is she Marion Shilling?) to "Free and Easy," which I like more every time I see it. Keaton could DANCE! And Ann Dvorak is in the chorus. Friganza steals several scenes. Page is beautiful. Montgomery gets his voice dubbed in a singing number. Niblo is hilarious as himself, but Buster Keaton, the great and wonderful silent comic, is the reason to watch Free and Easy. He's funny and light and tragic all at once. Was there anyone EVER like Buster Keaton? Around the time of filming he was being screwed by ex-wife Natalie Talmadge and her family as well as by MGM--the same studio that screwed William Haines, John Gilbert, Lillian Gish, Bessie Love, Anita Page and scores of others. See this film. Give it a chance and just watch BUSTER KEATON.

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