A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.
|Release Date||:||April 21, 1924|
|Genres||:||Fantasy, Drama, Comedy, Mystery|
|Production Company||:||Metro Productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Buster Keaton, Walter C. Reed|
|Writers||:||Clyde Bruckman, Jean C. Havez, Joseph A. Mitchell|
|Casts||:||Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly, Ward Crane, Doris Deane, George Davis, Kewpie Morgan, Steve Murphy, John Patrick, Betsy Ann Hisle, Ford West|
|Plot Keywords||:||amateur detective, pickpocket, slapstick, pool, jungle, motorcycle, false accusations, silent film, projectionist, booby trap, handkerchief, magnifying glass, railyard, reference to sherlock holmes, banana peel, pearls, chase on train roof|
There ought to be a theater that shows nothing but perfectly preserved prints of the silent comedies of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Harry Langdon. There ought to be a lot of things, I guess. But anyone who thinks that silent film is nothing more than a crude and unskilled ancestor of today's motion picture need only spend some time on these great comedies to realize that, in this genre at least, the peak was reached in the 20s. Yes, there are funny movies with dialogue, but the humor is generally IN the dialogue...nobody--not the Marx Brothers, or W.C. Fields, or Abbot and Costello or the Three Stooges and nobody since--has achieved the sublime mastery of physical comedy these geniuses did. And the best of them all for pure comedy, to my mind, is Keaton. And the best of his movies is Sherlock, Jr. The dream sequence in which he becomes an actor in the film he's projecting is astonishing; the way in which this movie is a sort of window into a different and appealing age is charming--and the ending of this movie takes the breath away. Keaton made some of the great endings in film, I think. Check out "College" some time--just for the last minute or so. If you ever have the chance to see this film in a good print at the right speed with appropriate music, and you don't take that opportunity, shame shame shame. This is one I'd like to own.