Speak Easily

A naive college professor (Buster Keaton) mistakenly believes he has inherited a fortune in this madcap classic.
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DVD Features:

  • From the story by Clarence Budington Kelland
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: June 22, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1932
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:


User Ratings: 131
Unfortunately, Keaton has entirely too much to say and that itself is very unfunny, without adding that the lines are dull and labored. Full Review
Vanity Fair
Jun 3, 2019
Rating: C -- Tired sight gags and dull-witted dialogue make this Buster Keaton talkie almost unbearable. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 11, 2009

Description by OLDIES.com:

Buster Keaton stars as Professor Post, a shy, clumsy scatterbrain who sees his chance for a new life when he inherits $750,000. In search of adventure and companionship, he meets "The Midnight Maids" theater company on an outbound train. Enamored with the troupe's lead dancer and duped by the shady piano player (Jimmy Durante), the Professor uses his inheritance to become the benefactor of the show. Convinced of their talent, he leads them to Broadway, where he is certain their "classic drama" will catapult them into stardom. When the production hits the stage and Professor Post discovers he's financed a girlie show, he'll do anything to halt the objectionable material - even if it means becoming the star himself!

The best of Buster Keaton's sound era features, Speak Easily contrasts his befuddled, innocent character with the fast-talking antics of Jimmy Durante. Sydney Toler (the future Charlie Chan) makes an appearance as a bewildered stage manager.

Product Description:

When a prim and proper college professor inherits a fortune, he finds himself in charge of a theatrical troupe. The comedy begins when he has to deal with conniving blondes, harried directors and a clumsy chorus line.

Plot Synopsis:

Thinking that he has inherited a great deal of money, a college professor decides to produce a show on Broadway.


Production Notes:

  • Released in the USA August 13, 1932.
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 33,993
  • UPC: 089218443397
  • Shipping Weight: 0.28/lbs (approx)
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