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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.

Directors:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline), Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton)

Writers:

Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton), Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... 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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A roar from the riot squad! See more »

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Short | Comedy | Family

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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Mayor's Daughter: I won't marry you until you become a big business man.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Some prints, notably those made by Blackhawk Films, are missing the "goat gland" sequence. See more »

Connections

Edited into Sauve la vie (qui peut) (1981) See more »

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a sketch
31 January 2019 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

Each film of Buster Keaton, for me, is support of reflection. "Cops" is not a reflection. But a sketch about motifs, choices, situations and fine art of birth of comedy. A film about manner to survive to adversary situations. And to build a form of happiness in the most inspired manner. The furniture, the horse, the cops and the innocent victim of unhappy situations are good pieces of a realistic and profound useful portrait of near reality. The same after almost a century.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1922 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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