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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Two lunatics for the price of one! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Theaterprofessor See more »

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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

Reno: No wonder the show does only $42 last night. What the troupe needs is a comedian!
James: Say, where do you get that stuff? Didn't you hear them clap when I came out?
Reno: They wasn't clappin'. They was only killin' mosquitos.
James: Well, how do you like them onions!
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Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

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Can Broadway Do Without Me?
(1929) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Durante
Performed by Jimmy Durante
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Poor, poor Buster
4 May 2003 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

T.Z. Post, college professor, receives a false letter stating he inherited $750,000. Now with financial means, he withdraws his life savings of $4,000, and decides to finally going out & live. After having his baggage sent on a train to Chicago, he meets a traveling vaudeville troupe, and decides there good enough for him to put on a show on Broadway. The night of the show, poor Prof. Post has to hide from his creditors, settle the relationship woes between girlfriend Pansy and & floozy diva Eleanor, and still make sure the show must go on. After watching many of Keaton's silent gems, this one is a pain to sit through, but I felt, it could have been a lot worse. Supporting cast Durante, Todd, & Selwyn come off very annoying at times, but still likeable. A pre-Charlie Chan Toler is good as the frustrated show director. 90% of the script is badly written as MGM is trying to pass this off as a poor man's Marx Bros. film where many of the sight gags fall flat from the beginning. Compiled with Keaton's drinking problems at the time, this movie just is a sad moment in Buster's life. Rating- 3.


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