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

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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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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

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

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Nice Keaton
12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Haunted House, The (1921)

*** (out of 4)

Funny Buster Keaton two-reeler has him playing a bank clerk who gets accused of robbing his own bank even though he was actually preventing one. This causes him to run off and duck into a house, which just happens to be rigged by some crooks so that whoever enters will think it's haunted. This certainly isn't one of Keaton's greatest pictures but I think it's a pretty good one that is at least pleasant enough and features enough funny moments to where it would be a good introduction for someone not familiar with the legends work. The first portion of the film has some of the best gags including the highlight, which has Keaton accidentally sticking his fingers into some glue while trying to count out money and give it to people. This ends up with a pretty funny sequence where there's money all over the place and getting stuck to whoever tries to touch it. The horror elements happen in the second portion of the film and this here is where the slapstick really comes into play. Poor Keaton sees a wide range of creatures including skeleton men, ghosts and even a Satan-like character and this of course has him taking many falls. The highlight of this house is a flight of stairs that turn into a slick slope whenever someone tries walking up or down them. THE HAUNTED HOUSE runs a very quick 20-minutes and there are enough laughs to where even those who don't care for silents should at least have a good time.


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