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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1916 silent comedies: Mystery Of The Leaping Fish (1916) Douglas Fairbanks & Bombs by Mack Sennett

The Mystery Of The Leaping Fish: 1916 Film (Cocaine Using "Scientific Detective" Named Coke Ennyday)

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is a 1916 American short silent comedy film spoofing Craig Kennedy and Sherlock Holmes. It stars Douglas Fairbanks as Coke Ennyday, a detective with a massive drug habit who resorts to cocaine at every opportunity; he jigs through the film looking unnaturally happy.

Directed by John Emerson & Christy Cabanne, the story was written by Tod Browning, director of the notorious Freaks and Dracula. Anita Loos wrote the film's intertitles.

A 35mm print of the film still exists in its entirety and is currently in the public domain.

Initial release: June 11, 1916
Directors: Christy Cabanne, John Emerson
Story by: Tod Browning
Cinematography: John W. Leezer
Screenplay: Tod Browning, Anita Loos


Also known as Bombs and Brides in the USA

Cast: Charles Murray, Louise Fazenda, Mary Thurman, Harry Booker, Wayland Trask, Edgar Kennedy

The Keystone Film Company production; distributed by Triangle Film Corporation. / Produced by Mack Sennett. / Released 8 October 1916. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The film was rereleased in the USA as Bombs and Brides in 1920.

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