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Bangville Police (1913)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  24 April 1913 (USA)
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At a farm near Bangville, the young daughter see strangers in the barn. She quickly rushes to the house and calls the police. The police engage in a haphazard rush across the countryside to get there in time.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Fred Mace ...
Sheriff of Bangville
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Della - the Farmer's Daughter
Nick Cogley ...
Della's Father
Charles Avery ...
1st Deputy
Dot Farley ...
Della's Mother
Rube Miller ...
2nd Deputy (in straw hat)
Edgar Kennedy ...
3rd Deputy (in straw hat)
Raymond Hatton ...
Farm Hand (in vest)
Jack Leonard ...
Deputy
Fred Happ ...
Deputy
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A young, buxom farm maid overhears two cow-hands talking in the barn, and she's convinced they're about to rob her. She barricades herself in a room and calls the police. Her call wakes the chief, who rallies the constabulary and they sets off toward the farm, in steam-car and on foot. Meanwhile, the maid's parents rush to save her (dad's waving a pistol), as do neighboring farmers, armed with shotgun, pitchfork, and shovel. Everything points toward a showdown in the barn, where no one, including the police force, will be cowed. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy A Fishy Affair (1913). See more »

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A well known Keystone comedy
31 March 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This seems to be one of the most common Keystones out there, and is usually regarded as the first appearance of the "Keystone Kops" (their actual first appearance was in 1912's Hoffmeyer's Legacy). This is a pretty good half-reel comedy with a good plot line for a 7 minute film. Mabel, the daughter of a farmer (played by Nick Cogley), asks her father if she can have a baby calf. Later, she sees two mysterious men entering the farm and thinks they are burglars. She hides in a shed and phones the police, who are led by a portly, doddering old bumpkin. When Mabel's mother tries to enter the shed, Mabel blocks the door causing the mother to think a burglar is hiding inside! The police rush to the farm to catch the supposed burglars. Mabel's parents learn it was her hiding in the barn, and the strange men were actually delivering a baby calf.

These aren't the legendary Keystone Kops most people are familiar with. They're really just a militia here; a group of country folk who carry guns and shovels and defend their small town when needed. Ford Sterling is funny as a skinny little hick who rounds up all the "cops", and Fred Mace as the police chief is the highlight of the whole film.

Overall, this is a good film that you should have no problem locating a copy of.


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