"In films that combined comedy with extraordinary physical risks, Buster Keaton played a brave spirit who took the universe on its own terms, and gave no quarter." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
Buster Keaton, on the run, hides in an abandoned house where a visiting opera company of "Faust" also seeks refuge. The film's great moment is a dream sequence in which Buster dreams he is an angel ascending to heaven. At Saint Peter's gate he is rejected and slides down a chute to hell where he discovers he has been expected.
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Fascinating look at early film effects and Buster Keaton's amazing physical comedic abilities! Eleven minutes is timed just right for this sort of thing. Brilliant in many ways.
An incoherent plot but some great gags by Keaton.
A bit too much time spent with the glue gag has it getting tiresome before the comedy advances. Once this sequence is out of the way, the fun sequences come nonstop, and the "haunted house" really delivers on its premise. Keaton's varied ways of attempting to circumvent the ever-triumphant collapsing staircase are some of the finer moments of comedy in this short.
Buster, need i say more? Heavens.
Watch out for those steps and that sticky money!
Buster Keaton rocks.