Buster Keaton never really made a smooth transition from silent films to talkies. Silent pictures captured him in his true element and finest form. Talkies... were tougher for him. His voice was awkward and lackadaisical. His comedy style was better suited to physical comedy, he never perfected verbal timing and delivery. Still, there is always that certain feeling when you see his name that you know the film will somehow be worthwhile, even if it is a talkie.
In Speak Easily (1932), Buster plays a book-smart College professor, completely naive to real life and common sense.
In an effort to get him to live life to it's fullest, a fellow faculty member convinces Buster that he has inherited $750,000. Eager to splurge his new-found wealth, Buster heads off to explore the world. At a train station, he meets a pretty young girl who is part of a traveling dance troupe. He is immediately smitten.
The shows manager, played by Jimmy Durante, convinces Buster to tag along, and in the process convinces him to finance the show with his mythical money.
Naive Buster goes along with everything that comes at him, experiencing a plethora of life events within a short time, including spending time with the sexy ladies in the dance group. When one says she worked at a Speakeasy, he corrects her grammar saying it is , "Speak Easily", hence the title.
He ends up getting drunk, a new feeling for him.
And then waking up with a woman, not quite knowing what had happened the night before.
With all this promised money comes debt, and when the collectors come calling, what is Buster to do?
scene from Speak Easily