(1925). Stage Play: Easy Come, Easy Go. Farce. Written by Owen Davis. Directed by Priestly Morrison. George M. Cohan's Theatre (moved to The Biltmore Theatre on 7 Dec 1925): 26 Oct 1925- Apr 1926 (closing date unknown/180 performances). Cast: Edward Arnold (as "Mortimer Quale"), Jules Bennett, John Bingham, Vaughn De Leath, Betty Garde (as "Alma Borden") [Broadway debut], Jefferson Hall, Mary Halliday, John Irwin, Otto Kruger (as "Dick Tain"), Harriett Marlotte, Edwin Maxwell, Victor Moore (as "Jim Bailey"), Neill O'Malley, Nan Sunderland, Frank W. Taylor, Edwin Walter. Produced by Lewis and Gordon. Produced in association with Sam Harris. Note: Filmed by Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation [distributed by Paramount Pictures] as Easy Come, Easy Go (1928) [silent] and by Paramount Pictures as Only Saps Work (1930). See more »
Con-man Leon Errol is an expert at getting away with robbery, pick-pocketing and identity theft, and here he does it with style, involving college kid Richard Arlen in his schemes while Arlen is on his way to work as a pantry boy in a high society fat farm. There, he meets pretty Mary Brian, the daughter of wealthy Charley Grapewin. Unaware that he was driving the getaway car for Errol's bank heist, Arlen goes about his business until the less than smart detectives show up. Errol is hysterically funny as the crook, especially in a sequence where he makes the scariest batch of waffles you've ever seen, utilizing practically every ingredient at hand. Errol utilizes his rubber-legged dancing skills as if he was still on Broadway. A couple of rhyme patterned conversations come into play in the screenplay giving the film a musical feel to it.
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