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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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

22 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Easy Go See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Retitled "Easy Go" in order to avoid confusion with the similarly titled 1941 MGM release, this film was first telecast in New York City on the Late, Late Show Monday 8 September 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

When Larry orders his car, a visible mike descends from the upper right hand corner of the frame while he says his line, then rises out of sight again. See more »

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Lionel Barrymore - Director of Bedroom Scene: Where in the heck did you come from?
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Cubanita
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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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