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Haunted Spooks (1920)

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This film is one of Harold Lloyd's best short comedies. A rich man dies and leaves his house and fortune to "The Girl" (Mildred Davis). There is only one catch: she and her husband must live in the house for a year. Unfortunately, she is not married, so her lawyer rushes off to find her a husband. Meanwhile, "The Boy" (Harold Lloyd) is in love with a very rich woman who has a lot of male admirers, and he constantly battles with a rival over her affections. The boy succeeds in gaining permission from her father for the marriage, but his beloved is already kissing someone else. Lloyd is depressed and tries to shoot himself, but the gun is only a water-pistol. He stands in front of a streetcar, but it switches tracks. Twice, he jumps off a bridge without success. He tries to get run over by a car, which just happens to be driven by the girl's lawyer. The lawyer arranges for a hasty marriage for the boy and girl. The girl's uncle is upset at being left out of the will and after the newly married couple finally arrives at the inherited mansion late at night, the uncle and an accomplice pretend to be ghosts. They scare the couple and all of the African-American servants, which leads to many comic events. While filming this movie, Lloyd was posing for some publicity photos when someone handed him a prop bomb which turned out to be an actual bomb! It exploded, injuring his face and severing two fingers on his right hand, and for the rest of his career he had to wear a glove on that hand to conceal his injury. A few years after this film was made, Lloyd married his co-star Mildred Davis.

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