Rent Speak Easily (1932)

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1h 22min
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Synopsis:
One of Buster Keaton's best 'talkies' features our comedy hero as Professor Post, a naive college pedantic 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 less than professional theatrical troupe, headed by Jimmy the piano player (Jimmy Durante). Enchanted by the troupe's libertine leading lady Eleanor Espere, 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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Lawrence Weingarten, Buster Keaton
Writers:
Clarence Budington Kelland, Ralph Spence, Laurence E. Johnson
Studio:
The Sales Office
Genres:
Classics, Comedy
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Release Date:
13/10/2008
Run Time:
82 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W

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