The folks discover what appears to be a haunted barn.



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Cast overview:
Johnny - the Hired Man
The School Teacher
The Sheriff
Thelma Hill ...
Thelma - the Maid
Pete Monroe - Hotel Proprietor
The Stranger
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 | See All (2) »


Short | Comedy





Release Date:

3 February 1929 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Thelma Hill In A Fun Sennett Comedy
17 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Old Barn is a fun early talkie from the Mack Sennett studios. The movie takes place at a little country inn called the Cedar Creek Hotel. First we meet Johnny Burke, the farm hand, who's in love with Thelma Hill, the maid. There's also a sheriff (Andy Clyde), a gypsy fortune teller, a schoolteacher, and the hotel's owner. While listening to the radio they hear that a dangerous criminal named Stranger Dan has escaped from prison. Things get scary when a mysterious man shows up at the hotel and they start hearing strange noises in the barn. Along the way there are some good jokes and lots of laughs.

Thelma Hill gives a wonderful performance in this movie. She was one of Mack Sennett's most popular bathing beauties but she never had a big film career. Sadly Thelma died in 1938 at the young age of 31.

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