Film: The Haunted House

The bank cashier and his band of counterfeiters have a strong reason for making people believe this house is haunted.

In this 1921 short, Buster Keaton plays a bank teller who is accused of passing counterfeit cash and attempted bank robbery. While fleeing the law, he stumbles across the real culprits' hideout, a phony haunted house. Hilarity Ensues.

This movie is available in its entirety at Google video.

"The Haunted House" provides examples of:

  • Agony of the Feet: How the bank teller establishes that the satanic-looking gent is not the Devil.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: The teller starts blowing a whistle and directing the "ghosts" like a traffic cop — and they obey.
  • Man on Fire: Twice, neither time serious.
  • Le Parkour: Motivated by terror, the teller performs some impressive climbing and vaulting.
  • Plucky Girl: The bank president's daughter tracks the chief villain to his lair.