The Mystery of the Leaping Fish

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is a 1916 American short silent comedy film starring Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, and Alma Rubens.wikipedia
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Bessie Love

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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is a 1916 American short silent comedy film starring Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, and Alma Rubens.
Her "first role of importance" was in The Flying Torpedo; she later appeared opposite William S. Hart in The Aryan and with Douglas Fairbanks in The Good Bad Man, Reggie Mixes In, and The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (all 1916).

Alma Rubens

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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is a 1916 American short silent comedy film starring Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, and Alma Rubens.
Later that same year, Rubens was re-teamed with Fairbanks for cocaine comedy The Mystery of the Leaping Fish, The Half-Breed and The Americano.

John Emerson (filmmaker)

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Directed by John Emerson, the story was written by Tod Browning with intertitles by Anita Loos.
Most of them survive, and several—notably The Mystery of the Leaping Fish and The Americano—remain among the most frequently seen films from this period.

Douglas Fairbanks

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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is a 1916 American short silent comedy film starring Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, and Alma Rubens.

Anita Loos

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Directed by John Emerson, the story was written by Tod Browning with intertitles by Anita Loos.
The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916; titles)

Triangle Film Corporation

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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish

Short film

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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is a 1916 American short silent comedy film starring Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, and Alma Rubens.

Silent film

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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is a 1916 American short silent comedy film starring Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, and Alma Rubens.

Comedy film

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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is a 1916 American short silent comedy film starring Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, and Alma Rubens.

Tod Browning

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Directed by John Emerson, the story was written by Tod Browning with intertitles by Anita Loos.

Intertitle

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Directed by John Emerson, the story was written by Tod Browning with intertitles by Anita Loos.

Public domain

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

Cocaine

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In this unusually broad comedy for Fairbanks, the acrobatic leading man plays "Coke Ennyday", a cocaine-shooting detective who is a parody of Sherlock Holmes.

Detective

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In this unusually broad comedy for Fairbanks, the acrobatic leading man plays "Coke Ennyday", a cocaine-shooting detective who is a parody of Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes

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In this unusually broad comedy for Fairbanks, the acrobatic leading man plays "Coke Ennyday", a cocaine-shooting detective who is a parody of Sherlock Holmes.

Television

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A device used for observing visitors, which is referred to in the title cards as his "scientific periscope", bears a close resemblance to a modern closed-circuit television.

Laudanum

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The film displays a lighthearted and comic attitude toward Coke Ennyday's use of cocaine and laudanum.

Opium

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While he catches a gang of drug smugglers, he does so after consuming most of their opium.

Tom Wilson (actor)

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Tom Wilson as Police Chief I.M. Keene

Harrison Narcotics Tax Act

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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish was released in 1916, one year before the Harrison Act was enacted.

Motion Picture Production Code

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Furthermore, the censorious Hays Code would not be instituted for another fourteen years after the film's release.

Christy Cabanne

Running a total of 25 minutes, the film was initially shot by Christy Cabanne who was later fired from the production.

Chinatown, Los Angeles

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When filming in Chinatown, the production was attacked by members of the community, because they had not requested to film in the neighborhood.