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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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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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Two lunatics for the price of one! See more »

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13 August 1932 (USA)  »

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Der Theaterprofessor  »

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(Turner library print) | (2005 DVD release)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Three years after its first film appearance in The Hollywood Revue of 1929, the song Singin' in the Rain is played and referred by Jimmy Durante. Although the characters imply the song was famous at the time, it wasn't until 1952 when Gene Kelly performed it in the film of the same name and gave it its worldwide fame that continues to this day. 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 »

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Eleanor Espere: Tell me, Timmy. Have you ever seriously thought of marriage?
Professor Post: Yes... that's why I'm single.
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Soundtracks

Good Times Are Here Again
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by David Snell and Charles Maxwell
Lyrics by Samuel Marx
In the score during the opening credits and at the end
Played on piano by Jimmy Durante and sung by the chorus at the opera house
Played often in the score
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Underrated gem worth another viewing
26 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched 'Speak Easily' one night and thought it was o.k., but missing something. Maybe Buster Keaton strangely speaking threw me off, or the labored line delivery of a leading lady. The next day I kept thinking about the movie, though. I couldn't get Durante's song out of my head, I kept trying to better remember Thelma Todd's first scene, I considered that maybe Keaton did do some funny falls and physical comedy. The next night I watched a scene with Thelma Todd as a conniving chorus girl trying to impress Buster and Jimmy with her sex appeal. A very funny scene, the actors excellent, their faces, their eyes, their silly expressions. So I watched another scene, their show is opening on Broadway. Buster in his blissful innocence botches every act. Again, I was laughing out loud, appreciating Keaton's clowning and tumbling. So the next night I watched the whole movie again, and this time I see it for the first time: It's Stupendous! It's Sensational! It's Sublime! Three great comedians! Todd dances! Durante sings! Keaton speaks! Sure it ain't poifect...but there's a lot of laughs in this picture.


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