Free and Easy (1930)

73 mins | Musical comedy | 22 March 1930

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Writer:

Richard Schayer

Cinematographer:

Leonard Smith

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Free and Easy marked Buster Keaton's first talking picture. The film also was shot in a Spanish-language version, Estrellados ( See Entry), which also starred Keaton. For Le Metteur en scene , a version of Free and Easy released in France in Jan 1931, the English-language film was altered by removing the dialogue and replacing it with intertitles in French and English. According to the Var review for the Paris opening, two English-language songs were included in the French ... More Less

Free and Easy marked Buster Keaton's first talking picture. The film also was shot in a Spanish-language version, Estrellados ( See Entry), which also starred Keaton. For Le Metteur en scene , a version of Free and Easy released in France in Jan 1931, the English-language film was altered by removing the dialogue and replacing it with intertitles in French and English. According to the Var review for the Paris opening, two English-language songs were included in the French release. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
26 Apr 1930
p. 28.
Film Daily
20 Apr 1930
p. 8.
New York Times
19 Apr 1930
p. 15.
New Yorker
26 Apr 1930
p. 83.
Time
5 May 1930
p. 32.
Variety
23 Apr 1930
p. 36.
Variety
3 Nov 1931
p. 17.
Variety
28 Jan 1931
p. 40.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Estrellados
Le Metteur en Scène
Release Date:
22 March 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 April 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1193
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 5,240 ft.
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
8,413
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Elmer Butts, the befuddled manager of Elvira, a Kansas beauty contest winner, is obliged to take her to Hollywood and get her a break in the movies. At a typical Grauman's Chinese premiere, they are confronted with screen celebrities. Later, Elmer crashes the studio gate, allowing a comic chase through sound stages where various players are working, including Lionel Barrymore, Karl Dane, and Dorothy Sebastian. Ultimately, he gets a job as an extra, causing various amusing complications. Elvira falls in love with Larry, a screen hero, while Elmer is awarded a studio contract and appears in the musical comedy finale, "Free and ... +


Elmer Butts, the befuddled manager of Elvira, a Kansas beauty contest winner, is obliged to take her to Hollywood and get her a break in the movies. At a typical Grauman's Chinese premiere, they are confronted with screen celebrities. Later, Elmer crashes the studio gate, allowing a comic chase through sound stages where various players are working, including Lionel Barrymore, Karl Dane, and Dorothy Sebastian. Ultimately, he gets a job as an extra, causing various amusing complications. Elvira falls in love with Larry, a screen hero, while Elmer is awarded a studio contract and appears in the musical comedy finale, "Free and Easy." +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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