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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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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Family

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cops! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

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 »

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David Jeffers for Tablet SIFFblog
19 September 2005 | by rdjeffersSee all my reviews

Monday September 19, 2005 7:00pm The Seattle Paramount Theater

"Get some cops to protect our policemen!"

Cops is a symphony of misunderstanding, beginning with a stolen wallet and ending with a thousand men in blue chasing Buster through the streets. In between, he makes off with a wagonload of furniture he has unknowingly stolen, pulled by a crazy old horse with false teeth. Keaton ends up bombing a police parade and the chase is on! He finds himself riding an enormous teeter-totter then snatching hold of a passing car to make his escape. Virginia Fox, a Keaton favorite, proclaims "I won't marry you until you become a big business man." The con man, played by Steve Murphy, was also featured as a pickpocket in Chaplin's "The Circus" six years later. And who is this oddly familiar old dog macking down on Buster's hand?


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