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.

Director:

Buster Keaton

Writers:

Jean C. Havez (story) (as Jean Havez), Joseph A. Mitchell (story) (as Joe Mitchell) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... Projectionist / Sherlock, Jr.
Kathryn McGuire ... The Girl
Joe Keaton ... The Girl's Father / Man on Film Screen
Erwin Connelly Erwin Connelly ... The Hired Man / The Butler
Ward Crane ... The Local Sheik / The Villain
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Storyline

A meek and mild projectionist, who also cleans up after screenings, would like nothing better than to be a private detective. He becomes engaged to a pretty girl but a ladies man known as the Sheik vies for her affection. He gets rid of the projectionist by stealing a pocket watch belonging to the girl's father - which he pawns to buy her an expensive box of candy. He then slips the pawn ticket into the projectionist's pocket and subsequently is found by the police. He doesn't have much luck but in his dreams, he the debonair and renowned detective Sherlock Jr. who faces danger and solves the crime. In real life, the girl solves crimes quickly. Written by garykmcd

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every inch of footage holds such a laugh!

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Action | Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sherlock Jr.'s assistant, Gillette, is named after William Gillette, the first actor to play Sherlock Holmes on stage. See more »

Goofs

While playing pool, the placement of the balls change between his shots, the cutaways and his next shot. Sometimes balls even return to the table. See more »

Quotes

Girl Who Loses Dollar Outside Cinema: I lost a dollar. Did you find it?
Projectionist: [points to the trash pile] In there?
Girl Who Loses Dollar Outside Cinema: Yes, did you?
Projectionist: [nods reluctantly, pulls it out] Describe it.
Girl Who Loses Dollar Outside Cinema: [gestures] This long.
[Buster checks it]
Girl Who Loses Dollar Outside Cinema: This wide.
[he checks again, she makes a bird with her hands, he checks and hands it over]
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Alternate Versions

In 1995, Film Preservation Associates, Inc. copyrighted a 45-minute version of this film, with a music score performed by Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks. See more »

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Fantastic filmmaking from one of the world's greatest
20 January 1999 | by pooch-8See all my reviews

Sherlock, Jr. arguably exceeds The General as Buster Keaton's greatest achievement -- it is certainly more magical in its use of extraordinary special effects and unconventionally humorous situations. Movies about movies are a dime a dozen, but rather difficult to do well. Keaton's brilliant structuring of the story -- a fantastic treat for audiences when his pathetic projectionist becomes the genius detective through a literal entering of the movie screen -- has been imitated dozens of times, but I always come back to this unsurpassable rendering. Watching Keaton play the scene where he studies how to go about kissing his best girl by peeking at a movie version of the same event always reduces me to simultaneous jags of tears and laughter.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

11 May 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Misfit See more »

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Gross USA:

$977,375
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1924)

Sound Mix:

Silent | DTS (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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