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Cops (1922)

Unrated | | Short, Comedy, Family | 11 March 1922 (USA)
A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force.

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(as Eddie Cline), (as 'Buster' Keaton)

Writers:

(as 'Buster' Keaton), (as Eddie Cline)
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The Young Man (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Storyline

Through a series of mistaken identities Buster winds up with a load of furniture in the middle of parade of policemen. An anarchist's bomb lands in his carriage. After lighting his cigarette with it, he tosses it into the ranks of police. When it explodes the police chase him all over town. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy | Family

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Trivia

The scene where Buster Keaton lights his cigarette from the lit fuse of the anarchist's bomb is, knowingly or not, mirroring the darkest day in Harold Lloyd's life. On 24 August 1919 he was posing for gag photographs at the Witzel Studios. He thought it would be funny to light a cigarette from the fuse of a prop anarchist's bomb. Unfortunately the bomb proved to be real, it blew up and he lost his right thumb, index finger and 30% of his palm which forced him to wear a rubber prosthetic during performances ever since. In addition, he was completely blind for three months and half blind for another three. See more »

Quotes

Police Chief: Get some cops to protect our policemen!
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Crazy Credits

The "THE END" text appears on a tombstone, which has Keaton's signature pork pie hat on top. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Safety Last! (1923) See more »

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David Jeffers for Tablet SIFFblog
19 September 2005 | by (Rockaway Beach, OR) – See all my reviews

Monday September 19, 2005 7:00pm The Seattle Paramount Theater

"Get some cops to protect our policemen!"

Cops is a symphony of misunderstanding, beginning with a stolen wallet and ending with a thousand men in blue chasing Buster through the streets. In between, he makes off with a wagonload of furniture he has unknowingly stolen, pulled by a crazy old horse with false teeth. Keaton ends up bombing a police parade and the chase is on! He finds himself riding an enormous teeter-totter then snatching hold of a passing car to make his escape. Virginia Fox, a Keaton favorite, proclaims "I won't marry you until you become a big business man." The con man, played by Steve Murphy, was also featured as a pickpocket in Chaplin's "The Circus" six years later. And who is this oddly familiar old dog macking down on Buster's hand?


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