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The Old Barn (1929)

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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
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 | See All (2) »


Short | Comedy





Release Date:

3 February 1929 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone)

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1.20 : 1
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I thought comedies were supposed to be funny!
22 July 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

By the time this short film was made, Mack Sennett's fame was definitely on the decline. The once King of Slapstick in the 1910s was by now a second-rate producer of comedies that had lost their way. Unlike his rival, Hal Roach, the transition to talkies was not especially smooth and the visual style of Sennett comedies was ill-suited for talking pictures.

This film is no exception to the decline of Sennett. This country comedy is plagued by two major problems. First, and most serious of them is that it just isn't funny. There are a few really corny jokes but otherwise there doesn't seem to be an attempt to make it funny or interesting. Second, in the end, the plot becomes hopelessly muddled and makes very little sense--with lots of plot elements coming out of nowhere'.

Please, do yourself a favor and find another comedy--this one is, just like the Sennett mascot, for the dogs.

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