Sherlock, Jr.

Synopsis: A meek and mild projectionist, who also cleans up after screenings, would like nothing better than to be a private detective. He becomes engaged to a pretty girl but a ladies man known as the Sheik vies for her affection. He gets rid of the projectionist by stealing a pocket watch belonging to the girl's father - which he pawns to buy her an expensive box of candy. He then slips the pawn ticket into the projectionist's pocket and subsequently is found by the police. He doesn't have much luck but in his dreams, he the debonair and renowned detective Sherlock Jr. who faces danger and solves the crime. In real life, the girl solves crimes quickly.
Director(s): Buster Keaton
Production: Metro Pictures Corporation
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45 min

There is an old proverb which says:

Don't try to do two things at

once and expect to do justice to both.

This is the story of a boy

who tried it.

While employed as a moving

picture operator is a small town...

theater he was also studying

to be a detective.

How to be a detective.

Say Mr. Detective

before you clean up any mysteries,

clean up this theater.

The girl in the case.

The girl's father had

nothing to do so...

he got a hired man to help him.

To day, "Hearts and Pearls" or...

The Lounge Lizard's.

Lost Love in Five Parts.


1.00 $ Per Box.

3.00 $ Per Box.

The local sheik.

I lost a dollar.

Did you find it?

Describe it.

I lost a dollar.

I. Goldman & Co. -- Pawn Brokers.

Buy and sell every thing.

Money Loaned.

Diamonds and Jewelry.

3.00 $ Per Box.

Some one has stolen my watch.

How to be a detective.

Rule 1. Search Everybody.

It looks like a job for the police.

I'll take charge of this case

and start by searching everybody.


I'm the fellow who lost the watch.

Why don't you search him, too?

I. Goldman & Co. Pawn Brokers.

Watch and Chain, 4 $

I'm sorry, my boy,...

but we never want to see

you in this house again.

Rule 5.

Shadow your man closely.

As a detective he was all wet,

so he went back to see what

he could do to his other job.

Can you describe the man who

pawned this watch?

Veronal Film Co. Presents:

"Hearts and Pearls"

Some one has stolen the pearls.

We are lost!

He is sending for the world's

greatest detective, Sherlock Jr.!

The crime-crushing criminologist

Sherlock Jr.

Don't bother to explain,

this is a simple case for me.


Pardon, sir. I think there is

something in your drink.

By the next day the master mind

had completely solved the mystery...

with the exception of locating

the pearls and finding the thief.

His assistant:

A Gem who was Ever-Ready

in a bad scrape.

That's a detective. When he's

dead I'll put you in there.

And now I'll tell you where

our little sweetie is this minute!

And she's waiting there for me.

Be careful or one of

us will get hurt.


I never thought you'd make it.

Four wheel brakes.

Father sent me to tell you that

we've made a terrible mistake.

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