Sherlock Jr.

21 Feb

Buster Keaton does an excellent job in the 1924 film, Sherlock Jr. Like many other films of the time, Keaton takes pieces from a novel to help his story. A cinema employee longs to become a detective. Keaton finds unique ways to show this, (Sherlock Jr. is seen reading a book called ‘How to be a Detective’ early on) and finds ways to subtly add humor throughout. The detective wanna-be puts off his theater work, and a patron finds money in his pile of garbage, something a true detective would never miss. Eventually, the projectionist is framed for theft, and has a dream of solving the case. It was interesting to see the idea of a dream as the story, and I imagine this was the first time the concept was explored. Eventually he is aquitted, but only because his girlfriend discovers the truth.

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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in 1921-1930, Buster Keaton


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