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Buster Keaton Finds A Silver Certificate in Sherlock Jr.

Buster Keaton Finds A Silver Certificate in Sherlock Jr.

“The best way of successfully acting a part is to be it”

– The Adventure of the Dying Detective (DYIN)

Series 1899 $1 Silver Certificate (Freidberg #226) – Wikipedia

In the opening minutes of the film Sherlock, Jr., the actor Buster Keaton is sweeping trash in a movie theater. At approximately the 4:00 minute mark, a gentleman walks out and is counting money in his wallet.

Keaton resumes sweeping and finds a banknote. He will place it in his pocket, along with two others he already has.

Keaton is about to leave, when a young lady appears and starts sorting through the trash. She claims to have lost a dollar.

Buster reaches into his pocket and pulls out a dollar bill. He asks the young lady to identify the bill, which she does by looking over his shoulder. Keaton gives the bill to the woman.

The above screen capture shows the bill fairly clearly and we are able to identify it a Series 1899 $1 Silver Certificate due to the vignette of the black eagle on the front of the bill. There are 11 different signature combinations on this note for the Register of the Treasury and the Treasurer. This note was continually printed from 1899 until 1923, when the vignette of George Washington replaced the eagle design.  Also keep in mind that prior to 1929, U.S. currency was much larger than the bills we have in our wallets and pockets today.

Going back to the movie, we now have an older woman rooting through the trash looking for a dollar.

Keaton hands over one of the dollars that was originally in his pocket.

 Keaton is now down to having only $1 remaining, after having started with two before he found the bill.

A large man starts rummaging through the trash. Keaton attempts to give his last dollar to this man.

The man returns the dollar to Keaton and resumes going through the trash, finding his wallet. As he walks away, he is counting the bills.

Other than the movie’s title, and Keaton’s use of a magnifying glass in some scenes, this film is not that Sherlockian. However, make up your own mind as you watch the full movie below!

The 1911 Film of “Trailing the Counterfeiter”

The 1911 Film of “Trailing the Counterfeiter”

“… we might appear to be two theatre-goers …” – The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton (CHAS) In addition to collecting Sherlockian numismatica, your editor actively collects film and video that portrays Holmes. The 78th Garrideb, Phillip G. Bergem, has for many years maintained a database of Sherlock Holmes related films and television shows. That checklist can be… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Three Garridebs (2018)

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Three Garridebs (2018)

“… they look upon these things in a different way.” – The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (NOBL) In addition to the numismatics of Sherlock Holmes, The Fourth Garrideb celebrates all things having to do with our namesake story – The Adventures of the Three Garridebs. The following video highlights scenes in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Three… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

“… this man here – is an actor.” – The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS) John Mills as Watson, Peter Cushing as Holmes in The Masks of Death (1984). This would be Cushing’s last role as Holmes. My first introduction to Peter Cushing was as Grand Moff Tarkin in a 1976 movie Star Wars. I would later become familiar… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Clive Brook

Faces of Holmes: Clive Brook

“When an actor…” – The Man with the Twisted Lip (TWIS)   Clifford “Clive” Hardman Brook was born in London on June 1, 1887 – 17 November 1974 and would portray Sherlock Holmes in three movies. From the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: Maybe because he was British, Clive Brook was one of the stars of the… Continue Reading

Faces of Lestrade: Frank Finlay

Faces of Lestrade: Frank Finlay

“… besides being an incomparable actor. “ – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Frank Finlay, clockwise from upper left, as Lestrade in A Study in Terror (1966); as Lestrade in Murder by Decree (1979); as Professor Coram in The Golden Pince-Nez (1994); and as Arthur Conan Doyle in The Other Side (1992) Charles Prepolec, the 75th Garrideb, posted the following item… Continue Reading

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

“Since then I have been honoured …” – His Last Bow (LAST) Shortly after mailing out our last notice of new posts on our website, I received a note from the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, that there were other Sherlockian-related recipients of the National Medal of the Arts. Noted theatrical musical composer Stephen Sondheim… Continue Reading

Faces of Moriarty: The Decorated Laurence Olivier

Faces of Moriarty: The Decorated Laurence Olivier

“His name is still honoured.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Laurence Olivier is considered by many to be one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. Our post cannot do justice to the man’s career and legacy, so we encourage you to read his Wikipedia entry which has much more detail… Continue Reading