The Village Sleuth (1920) with Charles Ray (1891 - 1943) as William Wells, a bucolic Sherlock Holmes. William Wells, a farmer's son, becomes an amateur Sherlock Holmes when he gets involved with a chorus girl and a real life mystery. The story is trite and tells of this boy who reads Dead-Eye-Dick detective stories while he should be doing his chores. Finally his sheriff father permits him to leave the farm and seek fame as a detective and he eventually lands at a sanitarium where his Sherlock Holmes talents are no longer wasted on the discovery of watermelon thieves.
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