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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 13, 1932


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


Edward Sedgwick
Lawrence Weingarten
Ralph Spence
Harold Wenstrom
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director