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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.

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Writers:

Clarence Budington Kelland (from the story by), Ralph Spence (dialogue continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Prof. Post
Jimmy Durante ... James
Ruth Selwyn ... Pansy Peets
Thelma Todd ... Eleanor Espere
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Peets
William Pawley ... Griffo
Sidney Toler ... Stage Director
Lawrence Grant ... Dr. Bolton
Henry Armetta ... 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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The screen's two looniest lunatics are in Love! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Theaterprofessor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

Eleanor Espere: Tell me, Timmy. Have you ever seriously thought of marriage?
Professor Post: Yes... that's why I'm single.
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Connections

References Spite Marriage (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Singin' in the Rain
(1929) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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lesser Buster
11 September 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

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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