The Haunted House (1928)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Haunted House Film, Parody/Spoof  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This nonsensical comedy-melodrama was a vehicle for two relics from the dawn of cinema history, walrus-mustached Chester Conklin and scrawny Flora Finch. A parody of the "old dark house" melodramas then in vogue, the film is chock full of hidden rooms, sliding panels and clutching hands. Convinced that they've gone to work for a houseful of ghoulies and ghosties, Mr. and Mrs. Rackham (Conklin and Finch) soon discover that their "haunted house" is but a front for the criminal activities of crackpot scientist Montague Love. Thelma Todd plays a sexy nurse, while Eva Southern, as a Caligari-like sleepwalker, sings a couple of Vitaphone-recorded songs. Based on a play by Owen Davis, The Haunted House was one of a handful of American films directed by the great Danish moviemaker Benjamin Christensen, of Witchcraft Through the Ages fame.