The Haunted House (Davis)

by  Owen Davis

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  8m, 3f

Delightful scenes of comedy alternate with dramatic thrills. Jack and Emily, just married, arrive at Emily's father's summer cottage. An armed tramp is already there, concealed. Queer sounds are heard in the house. Jack is followed by his ex-girlfriend who threatens to ruin his marriage; he counters…

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The Haunted House (Davis)

by  Owen Davis

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Delightful scenes of comedy alternate with dramatic thrills. Jack and Emily, just married, arrive at Emily's father's summer cottage. An armed tramp is already there, concealed. Queer sounds are heard in the house. Jack is followed by his ex-girlfriend who threatens to ruin his marriage; he counters with a threat to murder her. A few minutes later she is found murdered outside. The local Sheriff, a New York detective, and especially a neighbor who writes mystery stories try to solve the mystery. Several people are arrested, including the bride and finally her father, before the mystery turns out to be a humorous storm in a teacup. In the last act, all of the characters, having drunk a truth-potion, do indeed tell the truth with hilarious results. Funny and exciting.
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Keywords

Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The interior of a Summer cottage at Cedar Point, Connecticut. 
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

8m, 3f
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Authors

Owen Davis

Owen Davis

The Haunted House was originally presented at the George M. Cohan Theatre in New York on September 2nd, 1924. 

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