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Free and Easy (1930)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 22 March 1930 (USA)
A bumbling manager tries to get a small town beauty contest winner into the movies.

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Writers:

Richard Schayer (scenario), Paul Dickey (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Elmer Butts
Anita Page ... Elvira
Trixie Friganza ... Ma
Robert Montgomery ... Larry
Fred Niblo ... Director Fred Niblo
Edgar Dearing ... Studio Gate Guard
Gwen Lee ... Gwen Lee - Actress in Bedroom Scene
John Miljan ... John Miljan - Actor in Bedroom Scene
Lionel Barrymore ... Lionel Barrymore - Director of Bedroom Scene
William Haines ... William Haines - Guest at Premiere
William Collier Sr. ... William Collier Sr. - Master of Ceremonies at Premiere
Dorothy Sebastian ... Dorothy Sebastian - Actress in Cave Scene
Karl Dane ... Karl Dane - Actor in Cave Scene
David Burton David Burton ... Director DavidBurton
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Storyline

Gopher City Kansas hosts a beauty contest. The winner, Elvira Plunkett, and her mother go to Hollywood. The Chamber of Commerce also provides Elvira with an agent, Gopher City's own Elmer J. Butz. Elmer likes Elvira and the shy Elvira likes him, but Mrs. Plunkett, a formidable woman, has little use for hapless Elmer. On the train west, they meet movie star Larry Mitchell, who takes a shine to Elvira and helps her meet MGM directors once they get to Tinsel Town. Elmer, meanwhile, wants to help Elvira with her career and he also wants to be her man. Movie stardom does come to the Gopher City entourage, but to whom is a surprise. And who will win the lovely Elvira's hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The laughs, life and loves of the Hollywood Studios in the novelty sensation of years! (Print Ad- Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, ((Poughkeepsie, NY)) 28 April 1930) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

22 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Easy Go See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The three main characters of the film - Elmer Butts, and Elvira and Ma Plunkett - come to Hollywood from Gopher City, Kansas. Trixie Friganza, who plays Ma Plunkett, was in fact from Kansas. Buster Keaton, who plays Elmer Butts, was also born in Kansas. See more »

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At approx. 1h 25min in, after the clown is pulled up, the circle of girls waits for him to come back; they turn to run off stage; cut to new film, they are still waiting for clown to return, then they turn to run off stage again. See more »

Quotes

Chamber of Commerce Representative: [First lines] Friends, in behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and the good people of Gopher City, Kansas, I take this last opportunity to bid farewell and success to Miss Elvira Plunkett - the recent beauty winner and known as Miss Gopher City - and last, to Mrs. Plunkett, mother of Kansas' fairest flower.
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Alternate-language version of Estrellados (1930) See more »

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Danced by Marion Shilling during the desert scene
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Extremely disappointing
9 September 2005 | by km_dicksonSee all my reviews

Extremely disappointing for fans of Buster Keaton's silent films, or fans of comedy in general. Keaton' first talkie found him playing a small town talent agent who brings the hopeful young starlet, Elvira Plunkett (Anita Page), to Hollywood and, of course, gets into a lot of trouble along the way. Keaton himself is funny in parts, but the movie drags and the comedy is too slowly paced. The film gets more enjoyable in the last twenty minutes when Keaton becomes a surprise star and is thrown into some entertaining musical numbers. The numbers have nothing to do with the story, but that's almost a relief. Trixie Friganza also delivers some good moments as Elvira's controlling mother.


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