Cinema: The New Pictures: Aug. 29, 1932

Speak Easily (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) has nothing to do with liquor. Its hero is an addle-headed professor (Buster Keaton) whose valet leads him to believe that he has inherited a fortune. Keaton sets out for Chicago to squander his money but on the way he meets a theatrical troupe and falls in love with a dancer (Ruth Selwyn). When someone says something about going to a speakeasy, Keaton is unable to restrain a pedagogical impulse. "You mean, speak easily," he says.

Most of the comedy in Speak Easily is superior to...

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