Buster Keaton's "Sherlock Jr." focuses on a classic by one of America's greatest silent film geniuses, whose films still delight and amaze audiences worldwide. The essays included in this volume, written specially for this edition, examine this film within the context of Keaton's career, and also offer new perspectives on its unusual production history, Keaton's vaudeville background, and the differing views of "masculinity" that both celebrate and poke fun at cinema itself, among other topics.
List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction: 'Think slow, act fast' - Keaton's comic genius Andrew Horton; 1. 'This fellow Keaton seems to be the whole show': Buster Keaton, interrupted performance and the Vaudeville aesthetic Henry Jenkins; 2. Houdini's protégé: Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr. Peter F. Parshall; 3. The detective and the fool: or, the mystery of manhood in Sherlock Jr. Kathleen Rowe Karlyn; 4. Passing through the equal sign: fractal mathematics in Sherlock Jr. Michael Goodwin; 5. The purple rose of Keaton Dan Georgakas; 6. Playing detective: possible solutions to the production mysteries of Sherlock Jr. David B. Pearson; Filmography; Opening reviews of 'Sherlock Jr.', 1924; Select bibliography; Index.