The Electric House

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The Electric House
The Electric House 1921.jpg
Theatrical poster to The Electric House
Directed by Buster Keaton
Edward F. Cline
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Buster Keaton
Edward F. Cline
Starring Buster Keaton
Cinematography Elgin Lessley
Distributed by First National Pictures
Release date
  • October 1922 (1922-10)
Running time
22 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles
The Electric House

The Electric House is a 1922 American short comedy film directed by and starring Buster Keaton.[1]


Keaton plays a botany student who is accidentally awarded an electrical engineering degree. He then attempts to wire a home using many gadgets. The man to whom the degree should have been awarded then exacts revenge by rewiring those gadgets to cause mayhem.



During the original scheduled shooting of the film in 1920, Keaton suffered a broken leg filming a sequence with the electric staircase. The project was shelved, and then re-done entirely. The known version today is actually the second version filmed; no copies of the original footage from 1920 are known to exist.

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  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Electric House". Silent Era. Retrieved February 26, 2008. 

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