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Haunted Spooks (1920)

After numerous failed attempts to commit suicide, our hero (Lloyd) runs into a lawyer who is looking for a stooge to stand in as a groom in order to secure an inheritance for his client (... See full summary »

Directors:

Alfred J. Goulding (as Alf Goulding), Hal Roach

Writer:

H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... The Boy
Mildred Davis ... The Girl
Wallace Howe Wallace Howe ... The Uncle
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Storyline

After numerous failed attempts to commit suicide, our hero (Lloyd) runs into a lawyer who is looking for a stooge to stand in as a groom in order to secure an inheritance for his client (Davis). The inheritance is a house, which her scheming uncle "haunts" so that he can scare them off and claim the property. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

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None

Release Date:

14 March 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det spøger! See more »

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Production Co:

Rolin Films See more »
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(2004 video edition)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Despite receiving a serious injury to his hand during the making of this film, Harold Lloyd continued to do his own stunts throughout his career. See more »

Quotes

The Boy: Farewell cruel world.
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Crazy Credits

The Girl . . . . . . Mildred Davis. Sweet Sixteen and never - - well, only once or twice. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Funny Men: Part 1 (1963) See more »

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Much funnier than Chaplin.
9 October 2003 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

People say Lloyd is not as profound as Chaplin - maybe so, but wasn't the goal of a comic to make people laugh? That was something Lloyd could do that Chaplin couldn't - and it was, after all, the name of the game.

One unfortunate thing: I think you have to accept the jokes at african-americans expense as a (bad) product of the time and laugh at the other things in this film - and there are some really great gags in it, like the sequence where Lloyd's Boy tries to kill himself.

I can't see why Lloyd doesn't get greater distribution, and its a shame he isn't as well known as Chaplin, not to mention the brilliance of Buster Keaton, virtually unknown to the present generation of movie-goers, when Charlie Chaplin is a household name, even if many people never would have seen his (apparently - have not seen yet) great features. Certainly, when comparing only shorts of the three comics, I would rank them in order of humour: Keaton, Lloyd, Chaplin; and cleverness: Keaton, Lloyd, Chaplin. Even the plots of the former two are more advanced and interesting than those of Chaplin.


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