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      Sherlock, Jr.

      Released Apr 21, 1924 48 min. Comedy Drama Action Romance List
      86% 43 Reviews Tomatometer 95% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score A kindly movie projectionist (Buster Keaton) longs to be a detective. When his fiancée (Kathryn McGuire) is robbed by a local thief (Ward Crane), the poor projectionist is framed for the crime. Using his amateur detective skills, the projectionist follows the thief to the train station -- only to find himself locked in a train car. Disheartened, he returns to his movie theater, where he falls asleep and dreams that he is the great Sherlock Holmes. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 10 Buy Now

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      Sherlock, Jr. showcases enough of Buster Keaton's brilliance to make it well worth a watch, even if the laughs don't flow quite as freely as they do with some of his other features.

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      Jarrod R A century old this year and it HOLDS UP! (Like a fine wine being smashed through a window) This is easily one of my favorite silent movies and had me laughing throughout. Also had many moments when I thought, "how did they do THAT?!" Outstanding physical comedy as always from the legendary Buster Keaton Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/09/24 Full Review Jonathan G Actually one of the best and most important films to date. Everything aged great, the score is the bomb, the comedy is hilarious, and this is just everything you want from a great classic. Absolutely love it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/03/23 Full Review Lars N Besides all the stunts, that for a century-old movie still manage to give me the jitters, this thing is so lovely, inventive and fun. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/07/23 Full Review Christian K Simple and effective. Magnificent stunt work. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Buster Keaton is at it again in Sherlock, Jr. The film is about a film projectionist who yearns to be a detective. Buster Keaton once again puts on a wonderful performance as he was able to utilize his iconic physicality and dry humor to create a hilarious surreal cinematic film. The film's visuals were nothing short of fantastic. Even the stunts that Keaton pulled off were wonderful. The film's writing was also pretty top notch as the film about someone who wants to be a detective has an ironic twist. Overall, Sherlock, Jr. is an impressive and humorous film with surrealism and impressive stunts that make me very fond of Buster Keaton and his work. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Christopher B Buster Keaton is a cinematic genius, and few would argue that. His films are some of the greatest comedies of all time and the more I see the more I agree that his films truly are a one of a kind experience. Filled with humor, drama, and Keaton's insane physically dangerous stunts, you have a formula for pure classic comedy genius! Sherlock Jr. employees amazing effects and truly is the creation of someone who understands and can manipulate cinema for his own visions! The film is a must see by any and everyone! It's also a great starting place for silent film newbies to start. Highly Recommended! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 10/20/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Kenneth Taylor Los Angeles Times As the small town motion-picture projectionist who is studying to be a detective on the side, Keaton is seen to great advantage. The picture seems to be funnier than Our Hospitality, measuring well up to the standard of Three Ages. Feb 23, 2024 Full Review Roy Ellarcotte Detroit Free Press [Sherlock, Jr.] is about the best thing this "straight face" comedian has done. Feb 23, 2024 Full Review Mordaunt Hall New York Times There is an extremely good comedy which will give you plenty of amusement, so long as you permit Mr. Keaton to glide into his work with his usual deliberation. Feb 23, 2024 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills Buster Keaton’s 1924 Sherlock Jr., perhaps the ultimate proof of his ingeniousness... Apr 17, 2024 Full Review Herman Shumlin Billboard It is packed with laughable incidents, ridiculous tricks that will cause roars of real belly-laughs, and will send them home just a bit ashamed at having laughed so much, just as it did this reviewer. Feb 23, 2024 Full Review Robert E. Sherwood LIFE Like all Keaton comedies Sherlock, Jr., is constructed with amazing ingenuity. Feb 23, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A kindly movie projectionist (Buster Keaton) longs to be a detective. When his fiancée (Kathryn McGuire) is robbed by a local thief (Ward Crane), the poor projectionist is framed for the crime. Using his amateur detective skills, the projectionist follows the thief to the train station -- only to find himself locked in a train car. Disheartened, he returns to his movie theater, where he falls asleep and dreams that he is the great Sherlock Holmes.
      Director
      Buster Keaton
      Screenwriter
      Clyde Bruckman, Jean Havez, Joseph A. Mitchell
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Image Entertainment Inc., Kino Video
      Production Co
      Buster Keaton Productions Inc. [us]
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama, Action, Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 21, 1924, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 9, 2019
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