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The Old Barn (1929)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  3 February 1929 (USA)
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The folks discover what appears to be a haunted barn.


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Cast overview:
Johnny Burke ...
Johnny - the Hired Man
Thelma Hill ...
Thelma - the Maid
Daphne Pollard ...
The School Teacher
Andy Clyde ...
The Sheriff
Irving Bacon ...
The Stranger
Vernon Dent ...
Pete Monroe - Hotel Proprietor
Dave Morris ...
The Traveling Salesman
Ruth Kane ...
The Flapper Hotel Guest


A motley collection of guests and regulars at a country hotel are anxious one dark and stormy night when they hear by a radio news bulletin that a dangerous criminal has just broke jail and is headed their way. A surly mystery man answering the description shows up, and then hides out in a nearby barn. Written by WesternOne

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haunted house | two reeler


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3 February 1929 (USA)  »

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Comic Lines in the Wrong Environment
4 April 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, this one's really bad. The comic writing and plot idea is fairly interesting, but most of the single scenes (with the sole exception of perhaps one, involving the radio program) are completely out of pace with the continuity and the plot. The gags are just randomly thrown in without rhyme or reason. It is far more like you are watching actors playing around with the outline of a different, unmade movie, while the cameras just happen to be rolling.

For example, there's the line "Call your shots Sheriff, you're not at a SWIMMING pool", which would work had they been playing pool, but they're all at the dinner table (each seeming to be waiting to say their next little joke); the line is just casually and randomly thrown out there, and it makes little sense in the context used. It's almost as if someone found an old joke book and decided to use all the gags in a short time without the considerations for where and how the jokes would work. There isn't even as much mystery as is implied.

Sadly, it is a sinking ship about eight minutes in, and the climax and the ending are embarrassing. Even though the plot is fairly simple (with regard to who is really who), it comes off as totally incoherent.


If you are looking around for something like this, you should check out "The Bee's Buzz" (from the same company) which is nearly flawless and very well-made from start to finish. It's hard to believe, though, that these two films could be so different concerning entertainment value.

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