In this unusually broad comedy for Fairbanks, the acrobatic leading man plays Coke Ennyday, a cocaine-shooting detective parody of Sherlock Holmes given to injecting himself with cocaine from a bandolier of syringes worn across his chest.
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Fairbanks shoots up cocaine from multiple hypos in his shirt, snorts handfuls of cocaine from a hatbox labelled COCAINE, and eats raw opium out of the can like chocolate frosting -- his jittery twitching junkie walk is one of the joys of American comic acting.
The film is a goof, a jape, a jest -- watch, laugh, and move on.