Fun Size Review: The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916)

Douglas Fairbanks plays a drug-addled detective in this cult classic. He snorts, injects and ingests massive quantities of narcotics during the course of the film and attempts to bust a drug ring (?) with the help of Bessie Love.

This film is obviously more of a curio than straightforward entertainment but what an oddball picture it is! Ideal for showing people who believe that silent films are Victorian relics. Oh really?

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Doug busts the ring with the help of, you guessed it, even more drugs. Hurrah!

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Something that could get you arrested. (You’ll have to use your imagination.)

Released on DVD from several sources but the best is found on Flicker Alley’s Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer box set. The Mystery of the Leaping Fish was also released as an extra on the Kino version of The Gaucho


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  1. Birgit

    OK…This doesn’t even look like Doug. He didn’t even touch wine so it’s kind of funny that he did this flick. I’d love to see this

  2. Marie Roget

    My experience is of this film causing an absolute riot when first shown to friends, with guffaws of disbelief all around. And then we all watched it again!

    If Mystery of the Leaping Fish was a dessert it would be……well, l suppose since little greenish brownies are legal now in our fair state of California, that one’s out 😉

    Maybe Fairbanks’ jumbo sized face powder tin filled with “powdered” doughnuts?

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