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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:
Well worth watching!! 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)

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
 
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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. Buster Keaton, who plays Elmer Butts, was also born in Kansas.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At approx. 1h 25min in, after the clown is pulled up, the circle of girls waits for him to come back; they turn to run off stage; cut to new film, they are still waiting for clown to return, then they turn to run off stage 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:
Soundtrack:
The Corn Grows Green in KansasSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Well worth watching!!, 13 February 2011
Author: rap-39 from United States

The first 2/3 of the flick has Buster Keaton rambling around movie sets, pretty much getting into trouble. While the last roughly 1/3 of the movie focusing on the "Free and Easy" dance presentation, very entertaining (at least to this writer). If you are at all interested in the 1930's movies then this is a must have for your collection, and you WILL enjoy it!

Incidentally, it's easy to see why background dancer, Ann Dvorak went from an 18 year old dancer in this film to co-starring in a major movie (Scarface) only two years later. She really captures your attention – a beautiful gal!!

Regarding the singer/dancer listed as "Marion Shilling", IMDb indicates that Marion Shilling is the "Singer and Dancer in 'The Free and Easy' Number (uncredited)". The girl dancing with Keaton most decidedly is not Marion Shilling.

"Free and Easy" was released March 22, 1930. I have a number of DVD's featuring Marion Shilling in co-starring roles: "Shadow of the Law'with William Powell (released a couple months later on June 6, 1930). I also have DVD's of Marion Shilling in "Rio Rattler" (released Aug 1, 1935) and "I'll Name the Murderer" – Jan. 27, 1936. The dancer with Keaton in "Free and Easy" bears little resemblance to the Marion Shilling that co-starred in the DVD's I list above.

In his review of Free and Easy, Kidboots states: "Elmer is teamed with a cute dancer (Estelle Moran)". This may well be; however I could find no movies or pictures of an actress named Estelle Moran (or "Estelle Morgan") from that period. So the identity of the singer/dancer remains unclear – except it is not Marion Shilling. Perhaps if you listed the dancer as "Unknown" it would be more accurate.

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