A Halloween Treat: Buster Keaton in “The Haunted House”
PRESENTED BY GARY SCOTT BEATTY, PUBLISHER AND EDITOR, MUSKEGONMAGAZINE.COM
Buster, once again caught up in circumstances beyond his control, flees to a house haunted by crooks in 1921's “The Haunted House.”
This short presents unforgettable scenes (the glue incident and the creative ending, for instance) and a running gag with a staircase that is, in the hands this master writer and performer, pure comedy gold. I don’t think I have ever seen Buster do so many incredible, physical gags in one two-reeler!
In the early 1900’s performers began to spend summers in the Bluffton area. Buster’s father, Joe, helped found the Actor’s Colony club there and by 1911, over 200 performers resided in the colony. By the early 1920’s, the California film industry lured many vaudevillian performers to Hollywood, including Buster and his family.
Above, film poster for “The Haunted House” (1921). Image: Joseph M. Schenck Productions / Metro Pictures.
These Works are in Public Domain and not Derivative as specified by U.S. copyright law (title 17 of the U.S. Code).
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