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Sherlock Jr. (1924)

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Release Date: Apr 21, 1924 Limited

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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

Oct 8, 2013

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To put it plainly, Sherlock Jr. is my choice for the greatest film ever made.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
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It is an unchallenged assumption that Buster Keaton is one of the silent films era's greatest comedians, on par with the likes of Charles Chaplin and Harold Lloyd. The great stone face stars in this film with the same candor and comedy of his previous films. What sets Keaton's films apart from his contemporaries seems to be his love of danger and high impact stunts within his comedies. In "The General" he did a lot of stunts aboard an old timey locomotion which I had thought was the deadliest choice for that film, since paid stunt men were regularly killed in making these kinds of films. In "Sherlock Jr." there is one sequence in particular that is so hard to watch and so filled with complex stunts and scenes. Reportedly Keaton suffered from a fractured neck, which he remained unaware of until ten years later, and many of the scenes caused trauma and injury to stunt doubles, as well as the motorcycle used. Plot-wise, this film is a simple dream sequence that follows a man who wants to be a great detective and is the given the chance through his investigation of a thief. It's classic Keaton and delivers the laughs every chance it gets.
February 3, 2014
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Hilarious and physically impressive gags. Keaton's imagination was boundless.
August 11, 2013
pier007

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Timeless comedy from the genius of Buster Keaton.
September 30, 2012
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Randy Tippy

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A movie projectionist dreams he's a suave detective who can clear his name and get the woman of his dreams.
I've always enjoyed Buster Keaton. I think though he's not as balletic as Chaplin, he's more adventurous; some of the stunts he did were some of the most amazing things I've seen from the silent era. And his deadpan demeanor and impeccable comic timing make him a joy to watch. What bothered me about his films was the political messages embedded within; College is rife with anti-intellectualism (but one of the best climaxes ever) and The General valorizes the Southern cause. Sherlock Jr. is apolitical and all the better for it. It's great fun, with some good special effects for the time, and Keaton shines throughout the film.
Overall, I'm glad that I've finally found a Keaton film I can enjoy without a stab at my conscience for liking it.
July 25, 2012
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