Sherlock Jr. (1924) Review

Verdict: Ingenious 

Creative story with great comedy and gags.


A film projectionist (Buster Keaton) aspires to be a detective while stuck working at the theatre. At the same time, he tries to win the affection of a girl (Kathryn McGuire) but after the villain (Ward Crane) frames him for stealing a watch from the girl’s father (Joe Keaton), he is banned from visiting the girl’s house. He then falls asleep and dreams of being the best detective in town- Sherlock Jr. Directed by Buster Keaton.

Sherlock Jr. might be a silent film, but it raises the roof with laughter. This film is classic comedy at it’s best, and incorporates movement and gags with no dialogue at all. I am amazed at Keaton’s stunts and wonder how he even thought of them, and even more how he survived. His body is thrown about like a puppet, and seems like he feels no pain.

Keaton and Charlie Chaplin are often compared and contrasted with each other, but in my opinion, Keaton is the better comic. His gags are incorporated into the narrative, and enhances the story he tells. Not that I do not enjoy Chaplin’s films, I just find Keaton’s much more enjoyable.

Adding to that, the music in this film works really well to complement the scenes being played. The action scenes have noticeably more upbeat music, and the effect is engaging. The music fits pretty much the atmosphere of all the scenes and is a great complement to the film.

To sum-up:
PROS: Story, stunts/gags/ music
CONS: Don’t think I have any

I give this a 9/10.

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