The Mystery of the Leaping Fish

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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916)

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is an American silent movie produced by Triangle Film Corporation released on 11 june 1916 (USA), starring Douglas Fairbanks as Coke Ennyday, a parody of Sherlock Holmes. 25 minutes.

Other titles:

  • Le Mystère du poisson volant (France)
  • A Hal Rejtélye (Hungary)
  • The Detective (USA working title)

In the movie, Douglas Fairbanks as himself introduces the scenario he created. Then we see Coke Ennyday, the world's greatest scientific detective looking like Sherlock Holmes, dealing any situations with massive absorption of cocaine which increase his energy. To help the police he discovers a contraband of opium transported with "Leaping Fishes", and the blackmail of a mysterious man who wants to marry the "fish blower" girl... At the end of the movie, the scenario editor tells Douglas that he shouldn't write more scenarios and stick to acting.

Full Movie





  • Director : John Emerson
  • Screenplay : Tod Browning
  • Cinematography : John W. Leezer
  • Assistant camera : Karl Brown
  • Patented by J. P. McCarty