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The Electric House (1922)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  October 1922 (USA)
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After being mistakenly certified as an electrical engineer, Buster is hired to wire a house.

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Botany major Buster mistakenly graduates in electrical engineering and is hired to wire a new home. He installs lots of fanciful gadgets. The one who should have received the degree gets even by rewiring all the gadgets to wreak havoc. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Filming was delayed when star Buster Keaton got his foot caught in the escalator and broke his ankle. During his recovery, Keaton released his previously shelved film, The 'High Sign' (1921), and filmed The Play House (1921). Upon his return to this short, he abandoned his original footage and started fresh. Little is known about the first version, and no scenes are known to still exist. See more »

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Very clever Keaton short - a cornucopia of gadget gags
21 April 2005 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is one of Keaton's very best shorts - as he did in the brilliant opening section of THE SCARECROW two years earlier, he has fitted a house with an array of wonderful gadgets, but now he has a mansion to work in. There's an escalator with a mind of its own, a delivery toy train that serves meals on tracks extending from the kitchen directly to the dining room table, there's a tub on tracks that comes right to one's bedside. And that pool table!!!! As so often pops up in Keaton shorts, the clothes make the man and his identity. Here it's switched diplomas that start a botanist off in a job as an electrical engineer - and amazingly he is very adept at designing an entire electric house. When the real engineer shows up for revenge and starts switching the wires, bedlam occurs.

Kino's print is well worn but sharp and clear. Musical accompaniment is a piano/violin score. There are numerous drop outs but since this is an early film, we are never sure whether the original editing was a bit shabby or that we have lost frames from the film.

This is one of the most enjoyable of all of Keaton's shorts. Highly recommended.


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