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Buster Keaton (written by) and
Edward F. Cline (written by)
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Release Date:
11 March 1922 (USA) See more »
A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Amusing Keaton short but derivative See more (32 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Buster Keaton ... The Young Man (as 'Buster' Keaton)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward F. Cline ... Hobo (uncredited)
Virginia Fox ... Mayor's Daughter (uncredited)
Steve Murphy ... Conman Selling Furniture (uncredited)

Joe Roberts ... Police Chief (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward F. Cline  (as Eddie Cline)
Buster Keaton  (as 'Buster' Keaton)
Writing credits
Buster Keaton (written by) (as 'Buster' Keaton) and
Edward F. Cline (written by) (as Eddie Cline)

Produced by
Joseph M. Schenck .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Elgin Lessley (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Buster Keaton (uncredited)
Editorial Department
D.C. Cardinali .... colorist: remastered hd version: new version (uncredited)
Music Department
Lawrence Marotta .... music by (2002)
Other crew
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter
Fred Gabourie .... technical director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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18 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The film was restored in 2015 through Lobster Films.See more »
Opening title:[first line] Love laughs at locksmiths - HoudiniSee more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Keaton's Cops (1991)See more »


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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Amusing Keaton short but derivative, 28 June 2005
Author: ( from Putney, VT

This is certainly an amusing short, but I differ from most reviewers who maintain that it is Keaton's best. It is short of inventiveness, rerunning ideas found elsewhere - mainly the chase sequence at the end.

There are some clever bits - the empty wallet/auto gag at the beginning, the boxing glove extension for making left turns, placing phone calls to the horse and the climaxing seesaw ladder. These however are merely good for a chuckle or two - missing is the sheer inventiveness of Keaton's best work.

Kino's print is crisp and clear and contains an organ musical accompaniment. Worth seeing, but not worth cherishing.

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