TO THE SHOW!
Sequence 3 of Speak Easily is one of the smoothest of the film. It begins with goodbyes at the station, with Keaton getting mixed up with Jimmy Durante and then getting on the wrong train - the shot is one of the best composed of the feature, with Keaton staring ahead, while his departing train can be seen through the doorway behind him. He is for a fleeting moment, a contented statue.
The banter with the station master is a well performed give and take, for as short as it is, followed by an undercranked ride in a jalopy. Keaton is deposited in front of the opera house and, like his 1929 feature Spite Marriage, we get to see the troupe's performance before it is later disrupted by Keaton's inclusion.
The original sequence ran 4 minutes, 45 seconds. The edit came in at 4 minutes, 20 seconds.