Review: ‘Sherlock, Jr.’

This Buster Keaton feature length comedy is about as unfunny as a hospital operating room.

This Buster Keaton feature length comedy is about as unfunny as a hospital operating room.

The picture has all the old hoke in the world in it. That ranges from a piece of business with a flypaper to a money-changing bit and, for added good measure, a chase. There are, in fact, two chases; but neither can for a single second hold a candle to Harold Lloyd. In comparison they appear child’s play.

There is one piece of business, however, that is worthy of comment. It is the bit where Buster as a motion-picture machine operator in a dream scene walks out of the booth and into the action that is taking place on the screen of the picture that he is projecting. That is clever. The rest is bunk.

Sherlock, Jr.


Keaton/Metro. Director Buster Keaton; Screenplay Jean Havez, Joseph Mitchell, Clyde Bruckman; Camera Elgin Lessley, Byron Houck; Art Director Fred Gabourie


Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1924. Running time: 48 MIN.


Buster Keaton Kathryn McGuire Ward Crane Joseph Keaton
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  1. Rackinfrackin says:

    The most ignorant film review I’ve ever read. SHERLOCK JR. is, of course, a masterpiece. In 1991, Sherlock Jr. was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” In 2000, the American Film Institute, as part of its AFI 100 Years… series, ranked the film #62 in its list of the funniest films of all time.

  2. Rzzzzz says:

    Brilliant, innovative film. The gags remain as breath taking and original as when they were filmed, but its the surprisingly deft analysis of the nature cinema itself that has influenced any number of noted film makers. (Woody Allen probably the most obvious.) Much praised, and deservedly so. Keaton is a master and this is his masterpiece.

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