105 Must See Films

105 Must See Films: Sherlock Jr (1924)


Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire

Director: Buster Keaton

No Must See list would be complete without a little Buster Keaton. A master pf physical comedy, along with the much maligned Fatty Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin, he was a prolific film maker and performer in the days of silent film, and he did all his own stunts to boot.

In this film he plays a young cinema projectionist, who reads Sherlock Holmes and dreams of being a famous detective. In love with a candy store sales girl, he must put his amateur sleuth skills to use when his rival frames him for the theft of a pocket watch. (It’s funny to think that Sherlock Holmes books were contemporary with this film!)

It’s A Must See Because: it’s arguably Keaton’s best and is a wonderful example of how film in the 20’s was a lot richer than we might think today. Don’t be put off by it being a silent film, or that it’s black and white. It’s a lot more accessible, I think, than other silent films, and the subject matter hasn’t dated too much either.

The way that fantasy and reality intersect in this film is echoed years later in comedies like those of Woody Allen, and the action sequences and comedy were all practical effects, which is quite amazing. It’s quite a fun, sweet, innovative film, and Buster is a delight, a small figure, and underdog with imagination and heart. Silent films were not so silent in their own day, the cinema would have a live piano player or musician, and a lot of them even did sound effects. It’s a fascinating era in film history, and this is quite a good entry point for new comers.

See It If: you like physical comedy, or if you like to see the little guy get the girl. Delightful.

4 thoughts on “105 Must See Films: Sherlock Jr (1924)”

  1. I keep saying it, but I really like the way that you are reviewing movies from so many years ago and putting them in the spotlight. I am an enormous movie fan myself, but I really keep learning new titles and things every day. Have not seen this one (yes I know, shame on me lol ) but will keep this one in mind. Thanks for sharing this one ! 😀

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    1. 😆 you can keep saying it! I don’t mind! Ha ha!
      Yeah, there’s so many out there, it’s easy to miss them. The ones on this list I hadn’t seen, and felt like I really should have. (So no shame on you! Lol)

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  2. I haven’t watched this since my film studies class! I really like that you cover the true classics. Out of all the blogs I read, you have the most unique choices in movies. This is a great pick- definite must see. I love black and white films and I love detective films, this was definitely no noir! Black and white films are so overlooked- I find most people have never seen Citizen Kane nevermind a Buster Keaton film.

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    1. I’m so glad you like it! It means a lot to hear this. I do like to view widely, you know?
      But Bustor Keaton is great! Did all his own stunts, which is crazy. I think this one is a must see too. Black & white films are overlooked, and I think they’re more informative and entertaining than people give them credit for. And Citizen Kane is brilliant! 😃


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