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|
Not only is this Buster Keaton's best film, but it is among the greatest achievements in the history of cinema, period. While it is not a feature-length film--and thus barred from most critics' lists of great films--it invented just about every single basic special effect known to movies (except for morphing). The story itself, about a film projectionist who desires to become part of the movies, and then does, by walking right onto the screen, made palpable the desire that we all have to be in the movies: To get the girl, to be an action hero, to outsmart the bad guys. Keaton invented meta-cinema before anyone even had a phrase for it.
This movie has entered our dreams.