Speak Easily

Speak Easily

Director: Edward Sedgwick Cast: Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Ruth Selwyn

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Overview

Speak Easily

Buster Keaton's best sound feature casts the Great Stone Face as Professor Post, a naïve college pedant who mistakenly believes he has inherited $750,000. Hoping to use this windfall to bring the Fine Arts to the waiting world, Post gets mixed up with a two-bit theatrical troupe, headed by Jimmy the piano player (Jimmy Durante). Enchanted by the troupe's libertine leading lady Eleanor Espere (Thelma Todd), the professor agrees to finance their Broadway-bound musical, assuming it will be presented in tasteful, classical tradition. When he realizes that he's bought into just another girlie show, Post walks onstage to apologize to the opening-night audience, only to become the hit of the show himself as he becomes enmeshed in the production's special stage effects. Post's unconscious silliness saves the musical from becoming a disaster and also somehow wins him the love of Pansy Peets (Ruth Selwyn), the hometown girl he left behind. Based on a novel by Clarence Buddington Kelland, Speak Easily boasts some terrific sight gags, an abundance of hilarious repartee between the usually ill-matched Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante, and a hilarious performance by future "Charlie Chan" Sidney Toler as an apoplectic stage manager.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2017
UPC: 0889290411891
Original Release: 1932
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:22:00
Sales rank: 58,062

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Buster Keaton Prof. Timolean Zanders Post
Jimmy Durante James
Ruth Selwyn Pansy Peets
Thelma Todd Eleanor Espere
Hedda Hopper Mrs. Peets
William Pawley Griffo
Sidney Toler Stage Manager
Lawrence Grant Dr. Bolton
Henry Armetta Tony
Edward S. Brophy Reno

Technical Credits
Edward Sedgwick Director
Arthur Appell Costumes/Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Laurence E. Johnson Screenwriter
Ralph Spence Screenwriter
William Le Vanway Editor
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
Harold Wenstrom Cinematographer

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