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Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Romance | 11 May 1924 (USA)
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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Projectionist / Sherlock, Jr.
... The Girl
... The Girl's Father / Man on Film Screen
Erwin Connelly ... The Hired Man / The Butler
... The Local Sheik / The Villain
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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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In 1975 an obscure distribution company called Film Specialties Inc. took advantage of the then-current renewed interest in Sherlock Holmes and released a theatrical program that included the 1939 "The Hound of the Baskervilles," "Sherlock Jr.," and a Fox Movietone interview with Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle to selective cities including New York, Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. See more »

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After Sherlock Jr spins the fence around placing his pursuers behind it, he puts a crossbar across the gate to stop them coming back. In the next shot as he leaves the alley, the crossbar is no longer visible on the fence. See more »

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The sheik: We are lost! He is sending for the world's greatest detective - Sherlock Jr.!
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References Mud and Sand (1922) See more »

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A hard act to follow
8 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

As I sat reading the other reviewers comments I wondered what I could add. Oddly enough I watched Sherlock jr only this afternoon, after so many viewings it still amazes me how far ahead of his time Buster Keaton was, often copied, rarely equalled never surpassed. I would hate to be the kind of movie fan who never watches silent or black and white movies (you'd be surprised how many there are). So if you are like that do yourself a favour, get hold of a copy of this movie and enjoy, it shocks me that films such as 'Something about Mary' are rated higher than this masterpiece of comedy, there is nothing wrong with 'SaM' even I laughed at it, but, watching it once was enough, however I watch Sherlock jr again and again in pure amazement at Buster Keaton and his cameraman, Elgin Lessley's achievements without the aid of modern technology, like most other's the scene where he dives through a window to reappear as a little old lady gobsmacks me, how did he do it? Keaton can only be described in one word, genius. I have to add that I have the Kino version on DVD with the appalling soundtrack, but, luckily I also have it with a more appropriate soundtrack, which is far superior and adds extra enjoyment to an already fabulous movie.


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