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The Haunted House (1921)

Unrated  |   |  Short, Comedy, Horror  |  21 February 1921 (USA)
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A bank clerk ends up in a seemingly haunted house that is actually a thieves' hideout.

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Buster is a bank clerk. Overturned glue gets everything, mostly the money, stuck to everything else. When robbers show up he can't "stick 'em up" because his hands are stuck in his pockets. The robbers' hideout is a haunted house designed to scare off police. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Not As Funny As I'd Hoped
6 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I expected this Buster Keaton short be very funny, just imagining his comedy and a haunted house scenario. However, it really isn't a haunted house story and the fun doesn't really start until about halfway through this 21-minute film.

Until them, we get a long gag scene with Buster as a bank teller and getting glue all over many of the dollar bills. It's so-so humor and not what we are waiting for - some haunted house fun.

The real fun part of the film is only the last five minutes and, frankly, I've seen funnier spooky stuff from The Three Stooges. The best "bit "of the entire movie might be the dream sequence in the final minute where Buster climbs his "Stairway To Heaven."


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