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'Sherlock Jr.' A Review

Updated: May 11, 2023

Though often over shadowed by his Silent Era peer Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton is every bit as important and influential on comedy in cinema. Keaton clearly demonstrates that in this in his 1924 classic film 'Sherlock Jr' which is arguably the star's magnum opus.

Buster Keaton was known as The Great Stone Face. He was known for far more subtle facial expressions which helped differentiate himself from his contemporaries. Keaton’s deadpan delivery in 'Sherlock Jr." is sublime and his titular character's simple but charming love story effectively invokes pathos. The construction and execution of all the comedic moments in this film is still a wonder to behold.

‘Sherlock Jr.’ is an immaculately crafted, silent-era comedy classic that- in my humble-college-educated opinion- still holds up as one of the greatest comedies of all time.


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