~The Mystery of the Leaping Fish~
1916
Directed by: John Emerson

Written by:
Tod Browning
Anita Loos - titles
~Cast~

Douglas Fairbanks ... Coke Ennyday / Douglas Fairbanks
Bessie Love ... The Little Fish Blower
Allan Sears ... Gent Rolling in Wealth (as A.D. Sears)
Tom Wilson ... Police Chief I.M. Keene
George Hall ... Japanese Accomplice (uncredited)
William Lowery ... Gang Leader (uncredited)
Joe Murphy ... Footman on Vehicle (uncredited)
Alma Rubens ... Wealthy Gent's Female Confederate (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... Japanese Accomplice (uncredited)
B.F. Zeidman ... Scenario Editor (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Triangle Film Corporation

Distribution Company: Triangle Distributing

Cinematography by: John W. Leezer
Assistant Camera: Karl Brown
Supervisor:
D.W. Griffith
Fish Floats Patended by: J.P. McCarty

Length: 2 Reels
Runtime: 25 Minutes
Released: June 11, 1916
~Plot Synopsis~
Silent superstar Douglas Fairbanks 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 Bessie Love, 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 John Emerson and written by his wife
Anita Loos (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.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com