Sherlock Jr. (1924)

The enduring power of this silent-era comedy classic from director/star Buster Keaton can be ascertained simply by recognizing how often its central concept has been cribbed, most notably by writer/director Woody Allen for The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985). Keaton is a cinema projectionist who dreams of being a famous detective, like Sherlock Holmes. In love with a beautiful girl (Kathryn McGuire), he presents her with chocolates and a ring, but another suitor (Ward Crane) also vies for her affections. The projectionist unsuccessfully tails his romantic rival, a deceitful sort who has stolen a watch from the girl's home and pawned it to buy her a larger box of candy. Falsely accused of the crime by his girlfriend's family, the heartbroken young man falls asleep at work while exhibiting a movie. He dreams that he walks into the screen and interacts with the film's characters -- now the players in the stolen watch imbroglio.~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

- Synopsis provided by Internet Video Archive

Credits

Director:

  • Buster Keaton

Cast:

  • Buster Keaton
  • Kathryn McGuire
  • Joe Keaton
  • Erwin Connelly
  • Ward Crane

Writers:

  • Clyde Bruckman
  • Jean C. Havez

Producer:

  • Joseph M. Schenck

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