Buster Keaton in “The Haunted House”

Buster Keaton Haunted House

Today is the anniversary of the release date of The Haunted House a 1921 Buster Keaton short, directed by Eddie Cline. In case you find yourself getting too scared (spoiler alert) the house that bank teller Keaton finds himself trapped in is not really haunted…it is a hideout for counterfeiters. The gang has a ridiculously elaborate plan for scaring off intruders: they frighten them away by making them think the house is haunted. The climax is delightful, with trapdoors, stairs that fold, guys in scary devil and ghost outfits…endlessly ingenious!

The cast includes many a Keaton regular, including leading lady Virginia Fox, heavy Joe Roberts, and Keaton’s wife Natalie Talmadge!

To learn more about silent and slapstick comedy, including Buster Keaton comedies like “The Haunted House”, don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, 


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