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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish Details


Silent superstar [[Performer~P22505~Douglas Fairbanks~douglasfairbanks]] lampoons both his dashing onscreen persona and the detective mystery genre in this curious little two-reeler. Detective Coke Ennyday (Fairbanks) wears a drooping mustache, odd clothes, and starts his day with some hootch and a few hypodermics. The police call and ask him to track down a smuggler, which he does with a lot of artificial "help." He also has to save the girl, played by [[Performer~P43416~Bessie Love~bessielove]], who is trapped in a Chinese laundry, more opportunity for the wily detective to get high. The finale is a burlesque battle between Ennyday and the villain, followed by a coda showing Fairbanks telling the story to a studio scenario editor. The editor, much to Fairbanks' disgust, tells him to stick to acting. This film was directed by [[Performer~P187046~John Emerson~johnemerson]] and written by his wife [[Performer~P100126~Anita Loos~anitaloos]] (the pair were Fairbanks' frequent collaborators in the mid-'10s). It had a small cult revival in the early '70s because of its brazen displays of drug usage. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi


D.W. Griffith
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