Main Character 1. Buster Keaton---------------leading actor; projectionist in the reality/ Sherlock. Jr. in the film (I will call him ‘The projectionist’ in the following text.) 2. Kathryn McGuire-----------the leading actress (I will call her ‘The girl’) 3. Ward Crane------------------The Local Sheik in the reality/ The Villain in the film (I will call him ‘The Villain’) 4. Joe Keaton-------------------The Girl’s Father in the reality [The father of Buster Keaton] 5. Erwin Connelly-------------The hired Man in the reality/ The Butler in the film
The whole movie could be separated into four parts:
The first part was before Buster Keaton arrived at the girl’s house.
The second part happened in the girl’s house.
The third part and the fourth part mixed together. But in general, we could say that the third part was in the reality and that the fourth part was fake existing in the film.
The first part mainly introduced the main characters and the characteristics of each character. Thus, the first part wasn’t related to the storyline.
The projectionist dreamed to be a detective, so he was usually reading books teaching people how to be a detective. He bought a 1-dollar box of candy in the confectionery in order to propose to his lover. In order to satisfy his girl, he changed the present’s prize to $4. A villain, who also loved the girl, stole and sold the girl’s father’s watch, then incriminated the projectionist. The poor projectionist applied the detective skills from the book to the reality, but finally proved that he was the theft. Thus, the relationship between him and the