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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.

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(as Eddie Cline), (as 'Buster' Keaton)

Writers:

(as 'Buster' Keaton), (as Eddie Cline)
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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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Short | Comedy | Family

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Trivia

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 which forced him to wear a rubber prosthetic during performances ever since. In addition, he was completely blind for three months and half blind for another three. See more »

Quotes

Opening title: [first line] Love laughs at locksmiths - Houdini
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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 »

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Keaton's Physical Prowess Was Awesome
11 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

What struck me most about this famous Buster Keaton short was not the overall entertainment value or the big chase scene at the end, but Keaton's amazing strength and physical prowess! This guy was incredible. He must have been an extremely strong, little man, an athlete with muscles like an Olympic gymnast. His feats on the ladder in this film show what I'm talking about here. He didn't use doubles in his films; this guy had not only comedic talent but astonishing physical strength and coordination. As for the film overall, it was okay but not as super as I had hoped after reading a number of reviews saying this could be Keaton's best. Up to the last quarter of the film, nothing much happened. Virginia Fox, who I like, got second billing but her role was very minor in here. The last five minutes of this two-reeler involve the famous chase scene where up to 100 cops wind up pursuing our hero. It was that kind of a day for "The Young Man" (Buster) when nothing, but nothing, went right for him!


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