A policeman has breakfast with his wife and children, and then prepares for the day's work. While on his beat, he finds and helps a lost child. Later, several officers try to save a woman ...
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A romance between a railroad engineer and the switchman's daughter is nearly ruined by train wreckers who knock out the girl and leave her on the tracks to be run over. The engineer perches... See full summary »
Edwin S. Porter
Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson,
A well-dressed woman leaves her home and takes a carriage to a department store. While she is in the store, she steals several items, and is caught by store employees. Meanwhile, a poor ... See full summary »
A policeman has breakfast with his wife and children, and then prepares for the day's work. While on his beat, he finds and helps a lost child. Later, several officers try to save a woman who has attempted to drown herself. And there are some even more hazardous situations yet to come.Written by
Porter's last follow up to LIFE OF AN American FIREMAN is a much better movie with a better sense of story and a definite sense of something to say about what a policeman does. However, while it does have its moments of excitement, like rescuing a drowning woman or overtaking a runaway horse, it lacks the big set piece fire that make the most of the earlier movie.
Instead, POLICEMAN offers us a study of individuals who have families like you and me and stand ready to deal with whatever emergencies pop up -- and pop up, they do. If it weren't for Porter's careful attention to continuity, this might have resulted in an episodic mess. It does not. Yet, even so, the calm of the policemen, their ability to deal with the crises as they turn up, make them less exciting. And that is probably why FIREMAN was a hit and this movie was a flop, despite four years of enormous advances in cinematic technique -- that and the fact that the people who made up nickelodeon audiences did not look upon policemen as their friends.
This does remain an interesting piece that shows the advances in technique that were occurring at the time. Give this one a look, right after FIREMAN if you can.
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