Sherlock Jr

May 7

A film projectionist dreams of becoming a private detective. His wish comes true when he is framed for a theft. Suddenly, he must apply his scant sleuthing skills to save himself. Meanwhile his girlfriend takes a more practical approach. They don’t make ‘em like they used to, or do they? This silent classic gives us very early examples of dream sequences, surrealism and movie-within-a-movie devices, used repeatedly in countless films in the 9 decades since Sherlock Jr was released. But the main reasons for watching Buster Keaton’s masterpiece is it’s terrific, brilliantly funny while showcasing Keaton’s supreme physical comedy skills. Not sure about a silent film? Bet you’ll be surprised at how much you enjoy it.

‘Fascinating and enthralling short feature. Buster Keaton created something altogether special here.’

David Parkinson, Empire 


Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton

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Film Information

Title Sherlock Jr
Directed by Buster Keaton
Country USA
Classification U
Running Time 49 mins
Release Year 1924
Subtitles No
Colour Yes
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