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The Gangsters (1913)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  29 May 1913 (USA)
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An amusing burlesque of gang fighters. The police go after them, one by one, and each guardian of the peace is caught and despoiled of his clothing and compelled to return to the station. ... See full summary »

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Nick Cogley ...
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Al St. John ...
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An amusing burlesque of gang fighters. The police go after them, one by one, and each guardian of the peace is caught and despoiled of his clothing and compelled to return to the station. The police put a dummy officer on a plank extending out into the water, and when the gangsters go after him the live police close in on them and a battle royal takes place in the water. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Fatty's Fateful First
14 September 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

In this, Roscoe Arbuckle's first appearance in a Keystone comedy -- his earliest screen credits date from four years earlier, even though no sign of the effort can be found -- he plays a member of the Keystone Kops. Gangster leader Fred Mace, tired of Roscoe's flirting with girlfriend (she looks a bit like Barbara Stanwyck would in thirty years, so who can blame either of them?), steals his pants... and then he and his gang go on the rampage, stealing all the Kops' pants.

The Keystones were frequently about doing what the audience had always wanted to do to the hated authorities, and this must have been a harmless outlet, the stealing of the policemen's dignity. Soon enough the Keystone lot would be populated with people with guns and bombs to blow people up.


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