Haunted Spooks (1920)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Countries - Italy, USA  |  
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In order to inherit a mansion, a young girl (Mildred Davis) must live there for a year with her husband. She doesn't have a spouse, though, so her lawyer goes looking for one...and comes up with Harold Lloyd. With that, laughs are guaranteed, especially since the girl's uncle Wallace Howe wants to scare the couple away so he can have the mansion to himself. The best part of this two-reeler actually happens before Mildred and Harold even meet, and he is trying -- very unsuccessfully! -- to commit suicide after being thrown over by a faithless ex-girlfriend. This was the first film Lloyd shot after the accident in which his hand was maimed by a prop bomb. You'd never guess it, though, in this or any of his subsequent movies -- the prosthetic device he uses looks exactly like a real hand.

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inheritance, lawyer, mansion, suicide-attempt, uncle