Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection (1916) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection (1916)





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Silent superstar Douglas Fairbanks lampoons both his dashing onscreen persona and the detective mystery genre in this curious little two-reeler. Detective Coke Ennyday (Fairbanks) wears a drooping mustache, odd clothes, and starts his day with some hootch and a few hypodermics. The police call and ask him to track down a smuggler, which he does with a lot of artificial "help." He also has to save the girl, played by Bessie Love, who is trapped in a Chinese laundry, more opportunity for the wily detective to get high. The finale is a burlesque battle between Ennyday and the villain, followed by a coda showing Fairbanks telling the story to a studio scenario editor. The editor, much to Fairbanks' disgust, tells him to stick to acting. This film was directed by John Emerson and written by his wife Anita Loos (the pair were Fairbanks' frequent collaborators in the mid-'10s). It had a small cult revival in the early '70s because of its brazen displays of drug usage.
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What an oddball bit of silent cinema. There are three main locations: Coke Ennyday's place, a weird little beach, and a crime-infested laundry. The bookending locations make some sense and don't feel random as hell. But the beach location is a surreal bit of film. As a parody (of Sherlock Holmes, and I would have said Hercule Poirot, except this movie predates the Agatha Christie detective) the tone is utterly irreverent. It hardly bothers with things like plot or character development. In fact, most of the movie is Ennyday's multifaceted interest in cocaine. We watch him plugging needles in his arm, tossing his needles any which way, then twitching his moustache with his hand and acting all giddy-like. In a longer movie this would get tedious, but it's a joke that holds up for almost the entire length of the movie.

Jacob Gehman
Jacob Gehman

A very zany, funny, ridiculous movie starring Fairbanks as a cocaine addict scientist detective. It has a fantastic funny ending too, I really enjoyed it.

Aj V
Aj V

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