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.!


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.


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.


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Buster Keaton doubled for Ford West, the actor playing Gillette, in the scene where the motorcycle he is driving (with Keaton on the handlebars) hits a deep pothole and bucks him off flat on his behind.
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.
Many filmographies credit Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle as co-director of this film. Whether this is true or not is unclear. Buster Keaton did originally hope to have Arbuckle work as his co-director, but claims Arbuckle was still too depressed over the scandal that had nearly ended his career two years earlier and had become difficult to work with. Then Keaton went ahead as the sole director of the film. Doris Deane, Arbuckle's second wife, later claimed Arbuckle directed the entire film. Historians disagree as to how much Arbuckle may have directed - which varies from none to as much as half.
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National Film Registry

Sherlock Jr.

Released 1924
Inducted 1991
(Silent)




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