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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.


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


Buster Keaton (as 'Buster' Keaton), Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline)
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Complete credited cast:
Buster Keaton ... 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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A roar from the riot squad! See more »


Short | Comedy | Family


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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 »


Police Chief: Get some cops to protect our policemen!
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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 »


Referenced in A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

User Reviews

Very Funny & Very Well-Crafted
13 July 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Buster Keaton's "Cops" is a very funny and very well-crafted short comedy with a wide range of comic material, ranging from subtle timing gags to hilarious slapstick, and featuring some impressive choreography as well. It takes a short while to set everything up, and then it is very humorous the rest of the way. Keaton's character is involved in a series of misunderstandings at the beginning of the film that eventually lead to him driving across town in a rickety carriage filled with things that don't belong to him. Soon he is being pursued by (literally) every policeman in the city. There are plenty of laughs from Keaton's own comic skills, and a lot of large-scale chase scenes that are carefully filmed and very entertaining.

This is a movie not to be missed for anyone who enjoys silent comedies.

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Release Date:

11 March 1922 (USA) See more »

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