The widow Wilson and her daughter Mary have just learned that old Mr. Middleton, who held the mortgage on their home, has passed away. They are now visited by Middleton's lawyer, Cribbs, ... See full summary »
Edward F. Cline
Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire.
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
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The failure of the producer to properly register and copyright this film, resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. 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 »
Now that is authentic... but it would be much more effective if you were in the nude.
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Bookish college professor Buster Keaton (as Timoleon Zanders "T.Z." Post) decides to go out on an adventurous vacation, after receiving word he has inherited $750.000. He joins a vaudeville group led by wise-cracking Jimmy Durante (as James "Jimmy" Dodge), after admiring Mr. Durante's pretty dancer Ruth Selwyn (as Pansy Peets). Taken by Ms. Selwyn's feminine charms and Durante's friendship, Mr. Keaton decides to use part of his new fortune to put the group's show on Broadway. Lingerie-flashing Thelma Todd (as Eleanor Espere) also joins the troupe. But the "Speak Easily" show needs work, and Keaton's funds may be mythical...
Keaton never made a sound feature to match his silent classics; his performance "timing" stayed primarily silent, and you can see it both here and in film appearances through the 1960s. Staying with the old style worked for Charlie Chaplin; due to superior choice of material, he was able to transcend the genre. Keaton did not have the same luxury with film projects. "Speak Easily" also has Keaton operating outside his persona, awkwardly; his "Professor Post" is an okay, if not fine, characterization. Though much-maligned, MGM gave him a relatively good supporting cast and crew. Turn the sound down low and you may see flashes of brilliance.
***** Speak Easily (8/13/32) Edward Sedgwick ~ Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Ruth Selwyn, Thelma Todd
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