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The Electric House (1922)

After being mistakenly certified as an electrical engineer, Buster is hired to wire a house.

Directors:

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

Writers:

Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton), Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline) | 1 more credit »
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Buster Keaton ... Buster (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Storyline

Botany major Buster mistakenly graduates in electrical engineering and is hired to wire a new home. He installs lots of fanciful gadgets. The one who should have received the degree gets even by rewiring all the gadgets to wreak havoc. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Filming was delayed when star Buster Keaton got his foot caught in the escalator and broke his ankle. During his recovery, Keaton released his previously shelved film, The 'High Sign' (1921), and filmed The Play House (1921). Upon his return to this short, he abandoned his original footage and started fresh. Little is known about the first version, and no scenes are known to still exist. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1995, Film Preservation Associates copyrighted a version with new titles by Jeffrey Vance and a music soundtrack arranged by Robert Israel. The running time was 24 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in The Great Buster (2018) See more »

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Gadgets Galore & Lots of Fun
20 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

A lot of Keaton's comedies feature a scene or two filled with creative and wacky gadgets that make you laugh and make you marvel at his inventiveness, all at the same time. This short comedy is entirely devoted to this kind of eccentric gadgetry, and while that means there isn't much of a plot, it's fun to watch. There's a subtle, funny mix-up at the beginning that results in Buster being entrusted with filling up a man's house with whatever electronic devices he can think of, and he really goes to it. "The Electric House" is a funny place to visit.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

16 October 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Electrical House See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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