History Film / SherlockJr

4th Oct '15 11:37:42 PM gallium
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This 1924 Creator/BusterKeaton film is an oddity -- longer than the average comedy short but not long enough to be a feature film, it's an AffectionateParody of the 1922 Creator/JohnBarrymore film ''SherlockHolmes'', with Buster playing a movie projectionist and would-be sleuth. Framed for theft by a romantic rival and unable to prove his innocence, the protagonist goes back to the movie theater where he works, dozes off next to the projector, and dreams that he is Sherlock, Jr., the World's Greatest Detective.

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This 1924 Creator/BusterKeaton film is an oddity -- longer than the average comedy short but not long enough to be a feature film, it's an AffectionateParody of the 1922 Creator/JohnBarrymore film ''SherlockHolmes'', ''Theatre/SherlockHolmes'', with Buster playing a movie projectionist and would-be sleuth. Framed for theft by a romantic rival and unable to prove his innocence, the protagonist goes back to the movie theater where he works, dozes off next to the projector, and dreams that he is Sherlock, Jr., the World's Greatest Detective.
4th Oct '15 10:46:10 PM gallium
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* BadAss: Creator/BusterKeaton, in real life. When they filmed the shot where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nT5vNb7NBk the stream from a railroad water tower washes him off the spout and onto the tracks]], he landed badly and got up complaining of a headache. After a drink and a short lie down, he continued filming. Years later, an X-ray revealed that he had broken his neck without noticing.
** Also see DeadFootLeadfoot, below.
17th Apr '15 7:52:12 PM nombretomado
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Today, the movie is best remembered for the sequence in which the projectionist's ghostly dream avatar walks into the movie screen, where a series of jump cuts places him in embarrassing and dangerous situations. These scenes may have inspired or influenced Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo'' (in which a character from a Depression-era romantic comedy steps off the screen into the real world), the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger film ''Film/LastActionHero'' (in which a young boy enters an action movie and brings the hero into reality), and the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck" (in which DaffyDuck is tormented by an animator).

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Today, the movie is best remembered for the sequence in which the projectionist's ghostly dream avatar walks into the movie screen, where a series of jump cuts places him in embarrassing and dangerous situations. These scenes may have inspired or influenced Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo'' (in which a character from a Depression-era romantic comedy steps off the screen into the real world), the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger film ''Film/LastActionHero'' (in which a young boy enters an action movie and brings the hero into reality), and the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck" (in which DaffyDuck WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck is tormented by an animator).
10th Nov '14 2:30:03 PM jamespolk
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* StickySituation

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* StickySituationStickySituation: Buster gets tangled up with a sheet of flypaper while sweeping up the theater.
10th Nov '14 2:22:25 PM jamespolk
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* AffectionateParody: Buster's dapper detective is based on JohnBarrymore's portrayal of SherlockHolmes in his eponymous 1922 film.
* AllJustADream

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: A title card describes Sherlock Jr. as a "crime-crushing criminologist."
* AffectionateParody: Buster's dapper detective is based on JohnBarrymore's John Barrymore's portrayal of SherlockHolmes Franchise/SherlockHolmes in [[Theatre/SherlockHolmes his eponymous 1922 film.
film.]]
* AllJustADreamAllJustADream: Most of the second half of the film is Buster's dream of being a famous detective.



* BadGuysPlayPool

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* BadGuysPlayPoolBadGuysPlayPool: And in this case they set up a death trap by switching out the #13 ball with a fake ball that is actually a bomb.



* BrickJoke: The exploding "13" ball.

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* BrickJoke: The exploding "13" ball.See ChekhovsGun below.



* TheButlerDidIt
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: The hero [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WLfKI99oYw performs a quick change on camera]] by literally [[spoiler: jumping through a hoop]], but we watch him set it up in advance (though most first-time viewers probably won't realize what they're seeing until the payoff).
* ChaseScene
* ChekhovsGun: The 13 Ball.
* ClearTheirName: The Girl succeeds in discovering who stole her father's watch.

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* TheButlerDidIt
TheButlerDidIt: In Buster's dream, the butler is in on the robbery.
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: The hero [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WLfKI99oYw performs a quick change on camera]] by literally [[spoiler: jumping through a hoop]], hoop, but we watch him set it up in advance (though most first-time viewers probably won't realize what they're seeing until the payoff).
* ChaseScene
ChaseScene: A long, elaborate one as Buster and his girl flee the villains' hideout.
* ChekhovsGun: The 13 Ball.
explosive #13 pool ball, which Buster switches out for the real ball, then puts in his pocket and forgets--until the climax of the chase, when he hurls it at the pursuers' car, which blows up.
* ClearTheirName: The Girl While Buster cracks the case in his dream, in real life his girl succeeds in discovering who stole her father's watch.



* DynamicEntry: Sherlock Jr. arrives at the shack where the girl is being held captive.

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* DynamicEntry: Sherlock Jr. arrives at the shack where the girl is being held captive.captive, flying feet-first through a window.



* [[ShowWithinAShow Film-Within-A-Film]]: The hero falls asleep watching a melodramatic film, ''Hearts and Pearls; or, The Lounge Lizard's Lost Love'', which influences his dream.



* IHaveYouNowMyPretty

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* IHaveYouNowMyPrettyIHaveYouNowMyPretty: The unpleasant leer that one of the mooks gives Buster's girl is clearly meant to be this.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: The various trick shots that Buster takes to sink all the other pool balls without ever hitting #13, climaxing in bending another ball around #13 and then causing the cue ball to skip over #13 completely. [[DoingItForTheArt It took Keaton five days of shooting to make all the shots.]]



* InstantCostumeChange: the vaudeville quick-change gag jumping out the window.

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* InstantCostumeChange: the The vaudeville quick-change gag jumping out the window.



* MadeOfExplodium: I don't know what the 13 ball is made of, but dropping it is a bad idea.

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* MadeOfExplodium: I don't know The film doesn't say exactly what the 13 ball is made of, but dropping it is a bad idea.



* MatchCut: The highlight of the movie is the sequence where the film-within-a-film keeps cutting to different scenes, much to Buster's consternation. In one scene, he's squatting to sit on a bench in a courtyard, when the film cuts to a street scene, leaving Buster to fall on his butt on the sidewalk.



** [[spoiler:And then he actually hits the 13 ball... which doesn't explode, because he's switched it back with the real one.]]

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** [[spoiler:And And then he actually hits the 13 ball... which doesn't explode, because he's switched it back with the real one.]]



* ShoutOut: In the dream, Buster's assistant is named "Gillette". William Gillette was the author and star of the long-running and wildly popular ''Theatre/SherlockHolmes'' stage play.
* ShowWithinAShow: The hero falls asleep watching a melodramatic film, ''Hearts and Pearls; or, The Lounge Lizard's Lost Love'', which influences his dream.



* StealthPun: The title card introducing Sherlock Jr.'s helper. To get the whole joke, you need to know that [[spoiler: Gillette, Gem, and Ever-Ready are brands of razor blades, and the first actor to play SherlockHolmes on the stage was named William Gillette]].

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* StealthPun: The title card introducing Sherlock Jr.'s helper. To get the whole joke, you need to know that [[spoiler: Gillette, Gem, and Ever-Ready are brands of razor blades, and the first actor to play SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes on the stage was named William Gillette]].
17th Mar '14 1:19:53 PM m8e
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This 1924 BusterKeaton film is an oddity -- longer than the average comedy short but not long enough to be a feature film, it's an AffectionateParody of the 1922 Creator/JohnBarrymore film ''SherlockHolmes'', with Buster playing a movie projectionist and would-be sleuth. Framed for theft by a romantic rival and unable to prove his innocence, the protagonist goes back to the movie theater where he works, dozes off next to the projector, and dreams that he is Sherlock, Jr., the World's Greatest Detective.

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This 1924 BusterKeaton Creator/BusterKeaton film is an oddity -- longer than the average comedy short but not long enough to be a feature film, it's an AffectionateParody of the 1922 Creator/JohnBarrymore film ''SherlockHolmes'', with Buster playing a movie projectionist and would-be sleuth. Framed for theft by a romantic rival and unable to prove his innocence, the protagonist goes back to the movie theater where he works, dozes off next to the projector, and dreams that he is Sherlock, Jr., the World's Greatest Detective.



* BadAss: BusterKeaton, in real life. When they filmed the shot where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nT5vNb7NBk the stream from a railroad water tower washes him off the spout and onto the tracks]], he landed badly and got up complaining of a headache. After a drink and a short lie down, he continued filming. Years later, an X-ray revealed that he had broken his neck without noticing.

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* BadAss: BusterKeaton, Creator/BusterKeaton, in real life. When they filmed the shot where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nT5vNb7NBk the stream from a railroad water tower washes him off the spout and onto the tracks]], he landed badly and got up complaining of a headache. After a drink and a short lie down, he continued filming. Years later, an X-ray revealed that he had broken his neck without noticing.
20th Feb '14 4:37:30 PM m8e
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Today, the movie is best remembered for the sequence in which the projectionist's ghostly dream avatar walks into the movie screen, where a series of jump cuts places him in embarrassing and dangerous situations. These scenes may have inspired or influenced WoodyAllen's ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo'' (in which a character from a Depression-era romantic comedy steps off the screen into the real world), the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger film ''Film/LastActionHero'' (in which a young boy enters an action movie and brings the hero into reality), and the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck" (in which DaffyDuck is tormented by an animator).

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Today, the movie is best remembered for the sequence in which the projectionist's ghostly dream avatar walks into the movie screen, where a series of jump cuts places him in embarrassing and dangerous situations. These scenes may have inspired or influenced WoodyAllen's Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo'' (in which a character from a Depression-era romantic comedy steps off the screen into the real world), the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger film ''Film/LastActionHero'' (in which a young boy enters an action movie and brings the hero into reality), and the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck" (in which DaffyDuck is tormented by an animator).
30th Dec '13 10:35:49 PM nombretomado
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Today, the movie is best remembered for the sequence in which the projectionist's ghostly dream avatar walks into the movie screen, where a series of jump cuts places him in embarrassing and dangerous situations. These scenes may have inspired or influenced WoodyAllen's ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo'' (in which a character from a Depression-era romantic comedy steps off the screen into the real world), the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger film ''Film/LastActionHero'' (in which a young boy enters an action movie and brings the hero into reality), and the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short "DuckAmuck" (in which DaffyDuck is tormented by an animator).

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Today, the movie is best remembered for the sequence in which the projectionist's ghostly dream avatar walks into the movie screen, where a series of jump cuts places him in embarrassing and dangerous situations. These scenes may have inspired or influenced WoodyAllen's ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo'' (in which a character from a Depression-era romantic comedy steps off the screen into the real world), the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger film ''Film/LastActionHero'' (in which a young boy enters an action movie and brings the hero into reality), and the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short "DuckAmuck" "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck" (in which DaffyDuck is tormented by an animator).
28th Jun '13 11:08:15 AM Dante668
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This 1924 BusterKeaton film is an oddity -- longer than the average comedy short but not long enough to be a feature film, it's an AffectionateParody of the 1922 John Barrymore film ''SherlockHolmes'', with Buster playing a movie projectionist and would-be sleuth. Framed for theft by a romantic rival and unable to prove his innocence, the protagonist goes back to the movie theater where he works, dozes off next to the projector, and dreams that he is Sherlock, Jr., the World's Greatest Detective.

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This 1924 BusterKeaton film is an oddity -- longer than the average comedy short but not long enough to be a feature film, it's an AffectionateParody of the 1922 John Barrymore Creator/JohnBarrymore film ''SherlockHolmes'', with Buster playing a movie projectionist and would-be sleuth. Framed for theft by a romantic rival and unable to prove his innocence, the protagonist goes back to the movie theater where he works, dozes off next to the projector, and dreams that he is Sherlock, Jr., the World's Greatest Detective.
7th Dec '12 10:36:34 AM erforce
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Today, the movie is best remembered for the sequence in which the projectionist's ghostly dream avatar walks into the movie screen, where a series of jump cuts places him in embarrassing and dangerous situations. These scenes may have inspired or influenced WoodyAllen's ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo'' (in which a character from a Depression-era romantic comedy steps off the screen into the real world), the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger film ''LastActionHero'' (in which a young boy enters an action movie and brings the hero into reality), and the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short "DuckAmuck" (in which DaffyDuck is tormented by an animator).

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Today, the movie is best remembered for the sequence in which the projectionist's ghostly dream avatar walks into the movie screen, where a series of jump cuts places him in embarrassing and dangerous situations. These scenes may have inspired or influenced WoodyAllen's ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo'' (in which a character from a Depression-era romantic comedy steps off the screen into the real world), the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger film ''LastActionHero'' ''Film/LastActionHero'' (in which a young boy enters an action movie and brings the hero into reality), and the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short "DuckAmuck" (in which DaffyDuck is tormented by an animator).
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