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The Haunted House (1921)

A bank clerk ends up in a seemingly haunted house that is actually a thieves' hideout.

Directors:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)

Writers:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Bank Clerk
Virginia Fox Virginia Fox ... Bank President's Daughter
Joe Roberts ... Bank Cashier
Edward F. Cline ... Customer in Bank
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Buster is a bank clerk. Overturned glue gets everything, mostly the money, stuck to everything else. When robbers show up he can't "stick 'em up" because his hands are stuck in his pockets. The robbers' hideout is a haunted house designed to scare off police. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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1900s | 900s | bank | teller | bank teller | See All (50) »

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Short | Comedy | Horror

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The fainting bank customer is Natalie Talmadge, Buster Keaton's wife. See more »

Goofs

When Buster Keaton adjusts the clock over the vault, he needs to pen a glass pane first. When Joe Roberts adjusts the clock, he doesn't have to open the glass. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [title card] That night the Daredevil Opera Company was executing "Faust" - and he deserved it!
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Connections

Featured in L'Art de Buster Keaton (2001) See more »

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silly slapstick fun
28 April 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of MANY shorts that buster Keaton made over his long career. None of them were intended as deep entertainment but contained a lot of funny low-brow humor--full of pratfalls galore! Well, this one is certainly no different.

Buster is a bank teller who is accused of cheating the bank and having passed forged money. The interminably long scene involving glue and money, by the way, is the absolutely WORST part of the film--it goes on way too long. However, once he is fired and accidentally goes to the haunted house (how he knew to go there since it was the crooks' hideout is amazing), the film picks up a lot of speed. The fun intensifies as the crooks try very hard to scare Buster. When he quickly figures that the ghosts are fake, then the crooks try to kill him! Watch the film to find out the cute conclusion and have a few laughs along the way.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.33 : 1
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