One of the AFI's top 100 funniest films of all time! Perhaps no other film offers as exciting a rollercoaster ride through the golden age of comedy than Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. Dramatizing the uproarious exploits of a meek theatre projectionist-turned-amateur sleuth, the film blends the knockabout physical comedy normally associated with slapstick with more subtly-crafted moments of humor -- such as the sequence in which Buster leaps "through" the silver screen and lands in the midst of the action. Packed within its modest 45 minutes is enough comic material for several ordinary features, but Keaton chooses to compress it all into a dazzling display of cinematic inventivemess that races along like the driver-less motorcycle hurling through a traffic-clogged city in the film's unforgettable climax -- with a stone-faced Buster perched obliviously on the handlebars. This DVD also features the wonderful film Our Hospitality. In many ways a companion piece to his 1926 classic The General, it stars Keaton as a New York man who returns to his southern antebellum homeland to find himself embroiled in a long standing feud between his family and that of the woman he loves. What might have been an ordinary comedy of manners is transformed into a spectacle of visual surprises, with no farcical opportunity left unexploited. The sequence in which Buster travels southward by rinky-dink locomotive is a most sublime example of the director's craft -- a truly astounding series of comic vignettes that represents but a tiny portion of the extraordinary talent that characterizes The Art of Buster Keaton.

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Sherlock, Jr. (1924)

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Fantasy/Mystery/Crime/Comedy/Action/Romance · 0h 44m · 11/23/1999

    

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One of the AFI's top 100 funniest films of all time! Perhaps no other film offers as exciting a rollercoaster ride through the golden age of comedy than Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. Dramatizing the uproarious exploits of a meek theatre projectionist-turned-amateur sleuth, the film blends the knockabout physical comedy normally associated with slapstick with more subtly-crafted moments of humor -- such as the sequence in which Buster leaps "through" the silver screen and lands in the midst of the action. Packed within its modest 45 minutes is enough comic material for several ordinary features, but Keaton chooses to compress it all into a dazzling display of cinematic inventivemess that races along like the driver-less motorcycle hurling through a traffic-clogged city in the film's unforgettable climax -- with a stone-faced Buster perched obliviously on the handlebars. This DVD also features the wonderful film Our Hospitality. In many ways a companion piece to his 1926 classic The General, it stars Keaton as a New York man who returns to his southern antebellum homeland to find himself embroiled in a long standing feud between his family and that of the woman he loves. What might have been an ordinary comedy of manners is transformed into a spectacle of visual surprises, with no farcical opportunity left unexploited. The sequence in which Buster travels southward by rinky-dink locomotive is a most sublime example of the director's craft -- a truly astounding series of comic vignettes that represents but a tiny portion of the extraordinary talent that characterizes The Art of Buster Keaton.

Release Country

United States

Release Date

11/23/1999

Media Type

Movie

Audio

  English     

Studio

Image Entertainment

Video Format

NTSC

Aspect Ratio

1.33:1

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The Art of Buster Keaton

Cast
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Buster Keaton

Projectionist / Sherlock, Jr.
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Kathryn McGuire

The Girl
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Joe Keaton

The Girl's Father / Man on film screen
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Erwin Connelly

The Hired Man / The Butler
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Ward Crane

The Local Sheik / The Villain
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Jane Connelly

The Mother (uncredited)
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George Davis

Conspirator (uncredited)
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Doris Deane

Girl Who Loses Dollar Outside Cinema (uncredited)
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Betsy Ann Hisle

Little Girl (uncredited)
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Ruth Holly

Candy Store Woman (uncredited)
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Kewpie Morgan

Conspirator (uncredited)
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Steve Murphy

Conspirator (uncredited)
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John Patrick

Conspirator (uncredited)
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Ford West

Theatre Manager / Gillette (uncredited)
Crew
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Buster Keaton

Director
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Jean C. Havez

Writer
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Joseph A. Mitchell

Writer
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