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|
It's almost impossible to describe the astounding creativity of "Sherlock, Jr". Even for Buster Keaton, this is a tremendous display of comedic and fantasy material. What's so remarkable is not so much any particularly hilarious gag or gags, as the never-ending stream of amazing and entertaining sights - coming faster and faster as the film proceeds - that seem so off-hand and effortlessly inventive, but that must have involved many hours of painstaking work to perfect. The film vs. reality theme is also highly suggestive, and makes this great movie one of the most completely satisfying efforts by Keaton or anyone else.
The film opens slowly and allows the pace to build gradually. Buster operates the movie projector at a theater, while trying to study on his own to be a detective. He is involved in a real-life mystery that involves his girlfriend's family, and which turns out badly for him. He retreats into the fantasy world of a picture showing at his theater, and from then on you just have to see it to appreciate it. The creative comedy, the technical skill, and the subtly expressed themes are all remarkable.
This is a great experience not to be missed.