Sherlock Jr. Overview:

Sherlock Jr. (1924) was a Silent Films - Comedy Film directed by Buster Keaton and produced by Buster Keaton and Joseph M. Schenck.

Sherlock Jr. was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.

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The sheik: We are lost! He is sending for the world's greatest detective - Sherlock Jr.!


The sheik: [to Sherlock Jr. about a man locked in a tight cage] That's a detective. When he's dead I'll put you in there.


Projectionist: [as Sherlock Jr., riding on the handlebars of a motorcycle, unaware the driver fell off] Be careful or one of us will get hurt.


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Sherlock Jr.'s assistant, Gillette, is named after William Gillette, the first actor to play Sherlock Holmes on stage.
In one scene at a train station, Buster Keaton was hanging off of a tube connected to a water basin. The water poured out and washed him on to the track, fracturing his neck nearly to the point of breaking it. This footage appears in the released film. Keaton suffered from blinding migraines for years after making this movie and was unaware of the reason, until a doctor diagnosed him in the 1930s.
A title card in "Hearts and Pearls", the film within the film during which Buster Keaton falls asleep, informs us that it was produced by the "Veronal Film Company" - an appropriate name, since Veronal was the first barbiturate sleeping pill ever marketed.
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National Film Registry

Sherlock Jr.

Released 1924
Inducted 1991
(Silent)




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