Cast: Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Ruth Selwyn, Thelma Todd, Hedda Hopper, Sidney Toler
Running Time: 80 mins.
Vault: FEATURES

Buster Keaton is a naive, bookish Professor Post (of Potts College) who 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? Buster Keaton was probably the greatest comedic actor/director to ever live, which makes his unceremonious downfall during his stint in MGM's studio system all the more saddening. "Speak Easily" was one of the first of a series of assembly-line films spat out by MGM during its 'ownership' of Keaton, and it's a dim reflection of the genius seen in Keaton's independent productions. That said, it's still an enjoyable, amusing film, filled with that gleefully reckless charm of 1930s comedy; it even has Jimmy Durante doing his iconic shtick, although his comedic style doesn't really mesh with Keaton's. A fascinating look at the beginning of Keaton's decline.