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Cops (1922)

Unrated  |   |  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.

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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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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. In addition, he was completely blind for three months and half blind for another three. See more »

Quotes

Mayor's Daughter: I won't marry you until you become a big business man.
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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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Edited into American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »

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Keystone Kops to the Nth degree!
3 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We just don't have as much of this light, albeit subversive humor anymore. So in order to catch a new generation up, show 'em this short. It's packed with about as much running, bumbling cops as possible.

Keaton plays a man trying to become a business man to, you guessed it, win the affections of the beautiful young woman. Unfortunately, a series of misunderstandings and mishaps frames him as a bomb-yielding terrorist, and a parade (literally) of cops eager to hunt him down.

The humor is massive... if you'll excuse the pun. This short makes a delightful little companion piece to Seven Chances, only replacing the tide of pursuing brides-to-be with the just as eager and possibly more dangerous avalanche of an entire city's police force (of which Keaton manages to suitably tie up and lock down, of course).

It's known as one of his strongest shorts, and I must put my vote in the mix (even though I think The playhouse is his strongest short of all).

--PolarisDiB


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