Free and Easy

A hobo named the Professor and his son, Charlie McCarthy, believe there's money buried in an abandoned house which was previously owned by a fellow named Herbie Larkin. Pretending to be Herbie's brother, the Professor dreams of finding the money by consulting a gypsy fortune teller, who conjures up more than Charlie likes. The reality of the situation eventually sets in. Cast: Edgar Bergen ... Professor Charlie McCarthy ...Charlie McCarthy Christina Graver ... Kamisha, the Gypsy

For the 1941 MGM film of the same name, see Free and Easy (1941 film).

Free and Easy is a 1930 American comedy film starring Buster Keaton. It was Keaton's first starring talkie vehicle.


When small-town girl Elvira Plunkett (Anita Page) wins a contest that sends her to Hollywood for a screen test at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), she is accompanied by her overbearing mother (Trixie Friganza) and Elmer J. Butts (Buster Keaton), a gas-station attendant who goes along as Elvira's manager. Elmer is secretly in love with Elvira, but on the train they meet MGM contract actor Larry Mitchell (Robert Montgomery (actor)), who falls for her as well, and has the connections to make her a star.
In Hollywood, Elmer manages to bungle his way through numerous films being shot on the MGM lot, disrupting production. When given a screen test, he can't manage to say his one line correctly. Despite this, both he and Elvira's mother are given film contracts, and appear in a comic opera together. Elmer want to tell Elvira that he loves her, but hints at it in such a way that she mistakes it for advice on how to tell Larry that she loves him.


  • Buster Keaton as Elmer
  • Anita Page as Elvira
  • Trixie Friganza as Ma Plunkett
  • Robert Montgomery (actor) as Larry Mitchell
  • Fred Niblo as Himself
  • Lionel Barrymore as director
  • David Burton as himself
  • William Haines as himself


Free and Easy, whose working title was "On the Set",


Free and Easy was re-made twice, first in 1937 as
Category:1930 films
Category:1930s comedy films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films about actors
Category:Films directed by Edward Sedgwick
Category:Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films

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