The Projectionist or better know by his alter-ego Sherlock Jr. is the titular protagonist of the 1924 Buster Keaton film Sherlock Jr. As suggested by his name, he's a film projectionist who dreams of becoming a renowned detective. When he's framed for stealing his girlfriend's father's watch, he'd fall asleep and dream he was the master detective.
He was portrayed by Buster Keaton.
Why He Rocks
- Considering the main point of Keaton's narrative in the film was about dreams and reality. All of the actors who had roles in the framing story also took corresponding roles in the fantasy sequence. This includes the projectionist himself, who dreamt himself into a detective movie that mirrored his real-life troubles. In a sense, Keaton's objective was to present a satirical tribute to the power of the movies to glamorize reality which he does an excellent job at.
- Buster Keaton does a memorable performance as both versions of his character and stand apart vastly from each other, and as usual his style of comedy is near-perfect.
- Not to mention all of the those risky or dangerous stunts Keaton personally did. Notable moments include the astounding, rapid scenery-cuts sequence when he first stepped into the film; the railroad stunt, and that super risky driver-less motorbike ride.
- In the real world, he takes his dedication of learning to be a detective pretty seriously end and he fails to prove his innocence.
- As Sherlock Jr. (in the dream sequence) he's super observant of his surroundings and careful of his actions, as shown when he was somehow able to avoid a rigged chair with an axe and a poisoned drink which were both set up to kill him. Aside from that, not only did manage to do some improbable pool shots that struck every billiard ball - except for the rigged # 13 ball -- and clear the table, he also secretly swapped them out and took the rigged one.
- Adding to that pointer, he's naturally a quick master planner as perfectly demonstrated in one scene where he willingly gets caught by the Sheik and his gang, allows him to reveal where the kidnapped girl as he displays the pearl necklace, then he immediately takes back the necklace, dashed left toward the window frame and dove headfirst through the window -- and also through the circular hoop he had placed on its outer frame-- where he not only escapes being captive, but also manages to switch costumes in mid-air into a sedate little old lady. There's a reason the detective has a strong reputation.