Free and Easy (Easy Go) (1930)

Free and Easy (Easy Go)

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Also known under the title Easy Go, this film was Buster Keaton's first sound movie. When the lovely Elvira (Anita Page) wins a local beauty contest, she heads out West with her mother (Trixie Friganza) and her bumbling manager Elmer Bug (Buster Keaton) to seek out a spot on the Silver Screen. However, it is the clutsy Elmer who wins the attention of MGM Studios and ends up a movie star. Special appearances are made by a number of stars, including Lionel Barrymore, Jackie Coogan, William Haines, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: E. Richard Schayer, Al Boasberg, Paul Dickey, Richard Schayer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 1993
Runtime:
MGM

Cast


as Elmer J. Butts

as Elvira Plunkett

as Larry Mitchell

as Director

as The Stage Manager

as Herself

as Himself

as Master of Ceremonies

as Himself

as Director

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Bit Part

as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Free and Easy (Easy Go)

All Critics (2)

Buster Keaton bombs in his talkie debut.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...the studio wanted him to say funny things rather than do funny things, and they were eager to show off their new sound equipment with numerous song-and-dance routines.

Full Review… | November 24, 2004
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Free and Easy (Easy Go)

½

I liked this movie for most of it, but the ending is disappointing. It starts out very funny, but slowly looses steam and doesn't end well. I only recommend this to big fans of Keaton who, like me, just want to see all his movies.

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½

My first buster Keaton talkie - before this, I was unaware of Keaton even having a voice and finally hearing it took away some of the comedy with the companioned dead pan face. Free and Easy is a major flop: No character is likable, the comedy is really forced and dated, and its ending is a real downer. I usually like my movies to end that way, but knowing that Keaton was then being limited by a studio, it angers. Although Keaton manages to inject some of his comedy every so often (Portions with visual sight gags which are funnier than 90 % of the jokes in the dialogue), the studio interference outweighs the positive. The setting is quite boring (Train then movie studios) though it carries a lot of metaphors for the relationship between MGM and Buster Keaton.

I saw Free and Easy along with the two other Keaton films featured in the Buster Keaton Collection pack, and an interesting documentary short was on Disc 2, entitled So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM. It explains how Keaton's classic films were ripped off later on, how he was manipulated and limited by MGM, how his early silent masterpieces went unnoticed until years later, and how personal struggles including alcoholism and divorce tragically changed his way of participating with his films.

The documentary short (Which I probably won't be able to add to Flixster's database since it premiered on TV) gets 7.5/10, Free and Easy gets 5.5/10

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