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Speak Easily

Released Aug 13, 1932 1h 22m Comedy List
Reviews 26% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Thanks to his butler (Jimmy Durante), a professor (Buster Keaton) thinks he has inherited a fortune and lives it up. Read More Read Less
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Pare Lorentz Vanity Fair Unfortunately, Keaton has entirely too much to say and that itself is very unfunny, without adding that the lines are dull and labored. Jun 3, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Tired sight gags and dull-witted dialogue make this Buster Keaton talkie almost unbearable. Rated: C May 11, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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maria b Delightful comedy with extraordinary performance by Buster Keaton. Jimmy Durante and a great cast of others in a movie slightly risqué but still with an innocence not often seen nowadays. Loved the song and dance numbers, too! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review robert a I must be a d- student cause it just sucks. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review ashley h Speak Easily is a disappointing film. It is about a timid professor inherits a large sum of money and decides to fund a terrible musical. Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante give horrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. Edward Sedgwick did a terrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A very large majority of Speak Easily is borderline painful in it's mediocrity and blandness. I like Buster Keaton, but I did not like his performance here. There may be a multiple of reasons why: it could just be his character is annoying, it could be the way that he (either Buster himself or his character) talks is annoying, or it could just be that Buster isn't fit for talkies. This IS the first talkie I've seen with him, so I don't want to generalize. But I just couldn't stand him. It's not a complete disaster because there are a few pretty funny gags that did make me laugh. If it weren't for those few great moments, this film would have been horrendous. But there are few. And even the best bits aren't that great. Sorry, Buster. But you did bad here. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member somewhat funny, but towards the end it gets really boring, and it ends horribly. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member 6.5/10. Quite decent Buster Keaton feature length film, it's not up to his silent film standards, but it is very watchable. The plot sounded better than it turned out, but still worth a look. Johnny Depp would be an awesome Buster Keaton in a movie bio. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Thanks to his butler (Jimmy Durante), a professor (Buster Keaton) thinks he has inherited a fortune and lives it up.
Edward Sedgwick
Buster Keaton
Ralph Spence, Laurence E. Johnson
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Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 13, 1932, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 11, 2016
1h 22m
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