Haunted Spooks (1920)
Pssst, want to check out Haunted Spooks in our new look?
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Haunted Spooks is a Harold Lloyd short that, at 25 minutes, should have leaned into its premise more. It's the old story (already old by 1920? or is this the first instance of it in cinema?) of having to stay in a haunted house to gain one's inheritance, and it gives us a number of good ghostly gags (and the classic meme-worthy hair-raising shot), albeit sometimes at the expense of the African-American characters being stereotyped (I frankly expected worse when the first title cards told us the story took place in the South). There's just a lot of set-up before we get there, some animal endangerment and fun but perhaps objectionable attempted suicide gags. Even so, the latter is where the comedy really picks up, and that's 10 minutes in. I do always like the text cards in a Lloyd picture, and the ending, a kind of symbolic wedding for the two leads, is rather clever.
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