An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.
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 <email@example.com>
Based on the novel "Speak Easily" by Clarence B. Kelland, which was serialized in "The Saturday Evening Post" from February 6, 1932 to March 12, 1932. 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 »
Professor Post (Buster Keaton) lives a sheltered life at Potts College. He is surprised by a $750k inheritance. He boards a train where he meets a group of performers including James (Jimmy Durante) and dancer Pansy Peets. James convinces Post to pay for a Broadway showing of their musical Speak Easily. Diva actress Eleanor Espere (Thelma Todd) lures the unsuspecting Post into a compromising position.
While Buster may still be a star during his talkies, there is no doubt that they are his lesser work. It has some stunts but nowhere near his earlier risky action scenes. He is a perfectly fine comedic actor but his silent personality is far more charismatic. He dominates in a silent movie. In a talkie, he is only a part of the cast. This does have Jimmy Durante but they don't really act as a comedy team. This is fine but pales in comparison with his earlier legendary work.
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