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.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Employed by the counterfeiters to protect their hideout.