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)

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(as 'Buster' Keaton), (as Eddie Cline)
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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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A "goat gland specialist" was a quack who purported to treat erectile dysfunction with goat glands. In the 1920s, John R. Brinkley, a Kansas pharmacist and self-proclaimed "doctor," used the new medium of radio to make a name for himself, claiming he could cure male impotence with a goat gland transplant. His quack treatments attracted many patients, including several prominent Hollywood movie stars. See more »

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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 »

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Keaton is timeless
6 April 2009 | by (the wild frontier) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to receive free tickets to a Buster Keaton film festival, and it was a surprise to see the 1000-seat theater so thoroughly packed that the organizers were actually turning people away. That Keaton is STILL able to draw these types of crowds is proof of his genius. This was my favorite film of the bunch, as it abandons any plot in favor of total lunacy. The opening scenes are slow-paced and lead us to believe that the bulk of the movie will consist of Keaton trying to deliver some furniture, but things take a turn for the insane when he accidentally bombs a police parade (!) and finds literally hundreds of cops chasing him through the streets. The audience has barely had a chance to register what has happened when he's avoiding the masses of cops in a series of death-defying stunts done at lightning speed. Already in one of his first films, Keaton outdoes the entire Keystone Kops series and sets the bar for cop-based comedy, only being surpassed in scope, so far as I know, 60 years later by "The Blues Brothers."

What I can't understand is why no one makes movies like this anymore. There is the very occasional attempt to revive them (like the aforementioned "Blues Brothers"), but for the most part, this sort of no-holds-barred slapstick appears to be a dead genre. It's not a question of being aged; I think modern-day audiences would LOVE to see more of this stuff, but studios are apparently uninterested. Until some sort of comedy renaissance happens, we'll have to rely on Keaton to keep selling out seats.


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