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Speak Easily (1932)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Selwyn ...
Pansy Peets
Eleanor Espere
Mrs. Peets
William Pawley ...
Stage Director
Dr. Bolton


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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Release Date:

13 August 1932 (USA)  »

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Der Theaterprofessor  »

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(Turner library print) | (2005 DVD release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Despite an onscreen copyright statement, a copyright was never registered; the movie is in the Public Domain. See more »


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 »


Professor Post: Now that is authentic... but it would be much more effective if you were in the nude.
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Referenced in A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
Sung a cappella a bit by Thelma Todd
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Poor, poor Buster
4 May 2003 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

T.Z. Post, college professor, receives a false letter stating he inherited $750,000. Now with financial means, he withdraws his life savings of $4,000, and decides to finally going out & live. After having his baggage sent on a train to Chicago, he meets a traveling vaudeville troupe, and decides there good enough for him to put on a show on Broadway. The night of the show, poor Prof. Post has to hide from his creditors, settle the relationship woes between girlfriend Pansy and & floozy diva Eleanor, and still make sure the show must go on. After watching many of Keaton's silent gems, this one is a pain to sit through, but I felt, it could have been a lot worse. Supporting cast Durante, Todd, & Selwyn come off very annoying at times, but still likeable. A pre-Charlie Chan Toler is good as the frustrated show director. 90% of the script is badly written as MGM is trying to pass this off as a poor man's Marx Bros. film where many of the sight gags fall flat from the beginning. Compiled with Keaton's drinking problems at the time, this movie just is a sad moment in Buster's life. Rating- 3.

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