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Cops (1922)

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


(as Eddie Cline) , (as 'Buster' Keaton)
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Complete credited cast:
The Young Man (as 'Buster' Keaton)


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 <>

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police | parade | furniture | anarchist | bomb | See more »


Short | Comedy | Family


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March 1922 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buster ja poliisiparaati  »

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Opening title: [first line] Love laughs at locksmiths - Houdini
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The "THE END" text appears on a tombstone, which has Keaton's signature pork pie hat on top. See more »


Featured in Hollywood: Comedy: A Serious Business (1980) See more »

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Busting Buster
8 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Buster Keaton packs an awful of laughs into this 18 minute short with some topical and subversive slapstick that at times reaches epic proportion.

Buster once again finds himself rejected by a sweetheart who feels it doesn't have the right stuff to be a wealthy businessman. Disconsolately he sulks his way down the street benignly relieves an ungrateful detective of his cash then gets conned into buying someone else's furniture which he puts on horse drawn wagon and rides off with. The worst is yet to come however when he is suspected to be a bomb throwing anarchist attacking a police parade.

Keaton eluding a virtual army of pursuing police makes for some of the best slapstick in silent film history. It is the mother of all keystone cop chases as he finds all sorts of ways to elude the waves of blue converging on him. Leading up to the chase there are little gems as well with Keaton and the detective and a concocted Rube Goldberg invention to ward off vicious dogs that instead floors traffic cops.

While Cops glowingly achieves what it sets out to do, produce torrents of laughs, it is worth noting how Keaton subversively creates a world of hostility and corruption as an unsentimental backdrop. The ex is an unrepentant social climbing gold digger. The ungrateful detective is coarse and from the look of the roll Keaton relieves him of, on the take. A bomb throwing anarchist ( in an early example of racial profiling a Sacco-Vanzetti look alike), a slick con man, a vicious dog and even Buster himself who in the course of the film builds quite a rap sheet through misunderstanding displays an intolerant, exploitive society that makes Keaton final act in Cops resonate with a comic existential flourish.

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