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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Bank Clerk
Virginia Fox Virginia Fox ... Bank President's Daughter
Joe Roberts ... Bank Cashier
Edward F. Cline Edward F. Cline ... Customer in Bank
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kísértetjárta ház See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film was restored in 2015 through Lobster Films, a process partially funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. 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 Le fantôme d'Henri Langlois (2004) See more »

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Has Some Very Good Visual Gags
4 October 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is a fun short feature notable for some particularly good visual gags. The plot is featherweight, and is just an excuse for getting the characters together in the same place, but there is some good comic material. The introductory part drags on a little; it has some funny moments but draws out the same gag much longer than it warranted. It's when everyone gets to "The Haunted House" that the real fun begins. There are lots of creative visuals and plenty of zany activity, and there are some carefully designed gags worth watching a couple of times. There's also a recurring gag that works well and that sets up a clever finale. If you're a Keaton fan, you will probably enjoy this one.


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