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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 11 June 1916 (USA)
Coke Ennyday, the scientific detective, divides his own time in periods for "Sleep", "Eat", "Dope" and "Drink". In fact he's used to overcome every situation with drugs: consuming it to ... See full summary »

Director:

John Emerson

Writers:

Tod Browning, Anita Loos (titles)
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Douglas Fairbanks ... Coke Ennyday / Douglas Fairbanks
Bessie Love ... The Little Fish Blower
Allan Sears Allan Sears ... Gent Rolling in Wealth (as A.D. Sears)
Tom Wilson ... Police Chief I.M. Keene
Alma Rubens ... Wealthy Gent's Female Confederate
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Coke Ennyday, the scientific detective, divides his own time in periods for "Sleep", "Eat", "Dope" and "Drink". In fact he's used to overcome every situation with drugs: consuming it to increase his energies or injecting it in his opponents to KO them. To help the police he discovers a contraband of opium (which he eagerly tastes) transported with "Leaping Fishes", and the blackmail of a mysterious man who wants to marry the "fish blower" girl. Will Coke be able to free the girl ? Written by Spider Baby <spider@on-the-road.com>

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Comedy | Short

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Not Rated
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Tod Browning wrote the story for "The Mystery of the Leaping Fish" while recovering from serious injuries in a 1915 auto accident. The crash killed his passenger, actor Elmer Booth. See more »

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Featured in Birth of Hollywood: Episode #1.2 (2011) See more »

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Hollywood "Joy Powder" classic
17 July 2000 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

I first came across this little gem while watching "Night Flight" on the USA Network in the very early 1980s. I was astounded and thought this must surely be a clever parody of silent movies, I mean the drug use was just so, BLATANT. I have never seen anything like it since and I am thankful that I was recording the show that night so I can convince myself that it was NOT just a dream and that there really was such a movie. A wonderful, silent comedy that will have you bug-eyed with amazement as well as laughing uproariously. Not Cheech & Chong crude, but weird in a spooky 1916 way, maybe the good old days werent as "innocent" as we are led to believe. if you get a chance (although I dont know who would DARE show this on TV anymore...) SEE IT! Behold, Bemuse and Bewilder!


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

11 June 1916 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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