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Speak Easily (1932)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  13 August 1932 (USA)
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A timid professor inherits a large sum of money and decides to fund a terrible musical.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Professor Post
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James
Ruth Selwyn ...
Pansy Peets
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Eleanor Espere
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Mrs. Peets
William Pawley ...
Griffo
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Stage Director
Lawrence Grant ...
Dr. Bolton
Henry Armetta ...
Tony
Edward Brophy ...
Reno
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Storyline

Naive, bookish Professor Post (of Potts College) inherits a huge amount of money and decides that now he can afford to go out and enjoy life. He falls for a dancer in a bad stage show, and with his new money decides to buy the show and take it to Broadway. Will the Professor prove too nice to succeed in show business? Or will he triumph over bill-collectors, critics, and sexy vamp Eleanor Espere? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

13 August 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Tentação de Pamplinas  »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (2005 DVD release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite an onscreen copyright statement, a copyright was never registered; the movie is in the Public Domain. See more »

Goofs

While Professor Post (Buster Keaton) is dragged by the train, clutching his luggage, his hat flies off and he is unable to grab it. In the next shot, his hat is once again firmly on his head. See more »

Quotes

Professor Post: Now that is authentic... but it would be much more effective if you were in the nude.
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Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1846) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Heard when the Professor introduces Greek dancing to the girls
Whistled and later hummed by Buster Keaton
Played often in the score
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Fascinating for Keaton Fans, Unwatchable for Others
18 May 2006 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

There have been a lot of very perceptive comments made by previous reviewers and I don't have much to add.

I have to agree with those who said it was a rather flat comedy with flashes of wit and charm.

Keaton gives an interesting performance as Professor Post. It seems a bit of a parody on Harold Lloyd, but also a precursor to Danny Kay's professor character. The movie is wise when it centers itself around him, but it seems that the scriptwriter wrote it for Keaton to improvise wildly, only to find Keaton sticking to the script. I imagine there was some tension between him and the director, with Keaton simply giving in and following the director's orders.

Thelma Todd stands out. She lights up the screen and exudes a knowing sophistication that only a few other actresses (Jean Harlow, Mae West and Katherine Hepburn) reached.

Again, I don't think that anybody but Buster Keaton fans will enjoy the movie and only Buster Keaton fans will have a few laughs out of it.


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