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When a magician, Mordini (Lynton Brent) becomes fearful of his magic secrets being stolen, he hires Buster (Buster Keaton) and Elsie (Elsie Anes) to protect his props. They discover what they assume to be a murder and go into action as amateur detectives, without realizing they are the victims of one of the magician's tricks.Written by
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Buster does his best in a typical Columbia "scare" comedy
Buster is a hapless temp, hired as caretaker at a magician's house. Of course the heavily gadgeted house plays all sorts of tricks on Buster for fifteen minutes. Buster's partner here is Elsie Ames, whose willingness to do rough, physical
comedy landed her leads in several Columbia shorts. (In this one she gets a
boxing glove in the face six times in a row.) This is a typical Columbia "spook" comedy with the usual quota of unsophisticated, tried-and-true laughs, but this kind of broad, scared-reaction comedy was better left to The Three Stooges.
Keaton goes through the motions and snares some laughs, but "The Spook Speaks" is not one of his shining achievements.
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