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Love, Loot and Crash (1915)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  24 April 1915 (USA)
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A flustered father seeks a cook for his kitchen, his daughter seeks to elope and a pair of crooks seek to get some loot. Add the Keystone cops and stir vigorously.


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Cast overview:
Harold, Dora's Suitor
Fontaine La Rue ...
Mary, The Banker's Daughter (as Dora Rodgers)
Josef Swickard ...
Mary's Father, a Banker
William Hauber ...
Male Crook (as W.C. Hauber)
Fritz Schade ...
Plump Female Crook


A flustered father seeks a cook for his kitchen, his daughter seeks to elope and a pair of crooks seek to get some loot. Add the Keystone cops and stir vigorously.

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Tenth of twelve movies that starred The Keystone Cops. See more »


Edited into American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »

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A pleasant Keystone farce with a title that says it all
18 July 2004 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

Anyone looking for a good example of a typical Keystone product from the heyday of The Fun Factory is likely to enjoy LOVE, LOOT AND CRASH, a movie whose title could well have served as the company's motto. This is a brief and enjoyable farce comedy, no masterpiece but amusing enough, and a "typical" Keystone in the sense that it's an ensemble piece without a dominant personality driving the action. There's no Chaplin or Arbuckle here, just a good solid team of performers romping their way through a scenario based on thwarted romance, mistaken identity, and criminality. It's a straightforward 1915 sitcom that culminates in a wild chase involving fast cars, a motorcycle, some ditch diggers, a prat-falling fruit vendor, and the Keystone Kops.

(By the way, it's been pointed out elsewhere in the IMDb that the Sennett organization always utilized the correct spelling of the word "cops" in its films and publicity material, never "kops." For what it's worth, a quick Google search reveals some 119,000 usages of the phrase "Keystone Kops," so despite the studio's original practice it's clear that the "Kops" spelling has entered popular culture.)

Among the featured players in LOVE, LOOT AND CRASH the best known is Charley Chase, who was only 21 years old at this time and barely recognizable to viewers familiar with his starring comedies of the 1920s and '30s. Here Charley acquits himself nicely as the smiling juvenile but has very little comic business to perform. Most of the laughs are earned by plump character actor Fritz Schade, who plays a crook disguised as a scullery maid and thus appears mostly in drag. Schade is moderately amusing; there's a good moment when the local cop drops by to flirt with the plump new maid and Schade turns to the camera to deliver a clearly lip-readable "Oh my God!" Still, the thought of Roscoe Arbuckle in the role points up how much funnier these scenes might have been.

Scholar Glenn Mitchell confirms in his book 'The A-Z of Silent Film Comedy' that the Italian fruit vendor is played by another promising young comedian on his way up, Harold Lloyd. In later years Lloyd teased his one-time employer Mack Sennett for not appreciating his abilities during his brief stint at Keystone, and while that cannot be denied, Lloyd's modest contribution to this movie makes an already pleasant diversion still more enjoyable.

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