Buster Keaton accidentally stumbles upon a ring of counterfeiters who are using a supposedly haunted house as a front for their criminal enterprise in this amusing but somewhat rambling two-reeler that feels strangely mundane compared to some of the comedian's more dynamic work. A sequence involving Keaton with glue on his hands trying to sort money is a highlight.
Buster performs his classic molasses gag, transformed here to glue and a wad of bank notes, and continues his fascination with the malleable characteristics of the modern house, including retractable stairs and spinning floorboards.
Like all Keaton films it's scattershot and relies heavily on the same few repetitive gags which the story only functions to loosely string together. It gets much better and more creative by the time they get into the titular house, rising above the tired pratfalls of the early ten or so minutes, but even then, aside from the odd gag that catches you off guard (the chair gag for example), it's mostly more of the same.
A very uneven Buster short. The bank part is pretty boring, but with some genuine moments. But the Haunted House part is a pure gold! So many interesting gags involving supernatural are pressed so good, that they never bore you (something that the first part does often). Heaven/Hell sequence is a total badass surrealia! (Loved it).
It's a charming haunted house movie but feels very dated due to the good old used story from that decade about criminals scaring people away dressed as ghosts - and the only thing memorable is a scene that has nothing to do with the haunted house at all and is at the start of the film when he tries to deal out some money that sticks to his hands due to some well-placed glue.
It's great fun and amusingly frustrating watching Buster having problems with glue sticking to everything. I also enjoy watching his acrobatics, and the ways he can climb in this one are really something!