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Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Comedy, Action/Adventure, Family
Release Date:April 21, 1924
Running time:45 minutes
Cast:Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly, Ward Crane
Director:Buster Keaton
Producer:Joseph M. Schenck
Writer:Clyde Bruckman, Jean C. Havez
Distributor:Metro Pictures Corporation

Description: 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

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