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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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James
Ruth Selwyn ...
Pansy Peets
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Eleanor Espere
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Mrs. Peets
William Pawley ...
Griffo
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Dr. Bolton
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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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13 August 1932 (USA)  »

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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

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

References Spite Marriage (1929) 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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Delightful movie, a classic gem
17 January 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Despite what other users have said about this movie, I found it delightful and very funny. Buster Keaton plays a college professor who thinks he has become a rich man. He decides to invest money in a bad show because he likes one of the girls in the show, and he takes the show to Broadway. Buster Keaton has a very nice speaking voice, and this is the first "talkie" of his that I have seen. Of note also in the film is Thelma Todd. She plays a golddigger, but her performance is very funny and holds up today just as well as it did then. The scene where she and Keaton get drunk I found hysterical.


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