When Mr. Martin and everyone else in Mosby Manor hears strange noises during the night, they fear that it might be the ghost of Martin's uncle, who died in the Civil War. But the next day, the local constable investigates, and he finds mice in the attic who are making the odd sounds by crawling across some musical instruments stored there. But their relief does not last long. As they are showing the house to some potential buyers, a new series of strange, inexplicable, and increasingly frightening events begins.Written by
With Mack Sennett directing, Harry Gribbon and Andy Clyde starring, and a funny story that spoofs haunted house stories, this short comedy is pretty good for its time. It has a good pace, especially considering that it was made in the early 1930s, and most of the gag ideas work fairly well.
Clyde plays the owner of an old mansion where a series of strange and unsettling events is taking place, and Gribbon plays the local constable, who is more interested in flirting with Clyde's young secretary than in investigating the trouble. The plot is played purely for laughs, right up to the anticlimax at the end. Gribbon has some particularly amusing moments in his role, while Clyde plays the straight man most of the time.
Sennett follows his often-successful approach, with the gag ideas starting off relatively simple and gradually get more ridiculous. There are plenty of sight and sound gags, plus lots of exaggerated screaming. Not to say that this is some kind of little-known masterpiece or anything like that, but it's an entertaining little feature that most fans of these old two-reel comedies should find pretty enjoyable.
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