In one of the all-time classic chase films, Buster Keaton must impress the girl he loves by becoming a business man, even if that means “borrowing” a cop’s wallet, accidentally stealing a family’s entire household, and outrunning an entire parade of policemen! Keaton’s brilliant, impossible-seeming physical gags, employing real people doing real stunts in real danger, will never age. Will Buster get the girl? More precisely, will the police capture Buster? With a city’s worth of cops on his tail, Keaton has only his ingenious physical prowess and unbelievable acrobatic cleverness to come out on top.
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895, to a pair of vaudeville performers. Spending his childhood on the road with his family, he earned the nickname Buster at the age of six months. By the age of three, the youngster was appearing as part of his parents act whenever they could evade child labor laws. In vaudeville, Keaton developed remarkable talents as an acrobatic comedian with a superb sense of timing, and became a rising star by his teens. In early 1917, Buster left his act with his parents, and appeared in a Broadway comic revue later that year, but the key to Keaton’s future came when he met a fellow vaudeville comedian. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was starring in a low-budget two-reel screen comedy, The Butcher Boy, and invited Keaton to play a small role in the picture. The two hit it off and became a successful onscreen team, starring in a long string of comic hits. Fascinated by the medium of film, Keaton soon began writing their pictures, and assisted in directing… read more
Entering films as one of Mack Sennett’s Keystone Cops in 1913, Cline began assisting Sennett and by 1916 was directing shorts at Keystone. In the early ‘20s he co-wrote and co-directed seventeen of Buster Keaton’s shorts, including such classics as The Playhouse, The Boat, and Cops, as well as Keaton’s first feature, the Intolerance-parody The Three Ages. Later in the decade he was reunited with Sennett when he directed two-reelers for such comics as Ben Turpin and Carole Lombard. In 1932 Cline directed W.C. Fields in the memorable satire Million Dollar Legs and became one of the few directors whom the irascible comedian could tolerate. Called in to helm most of Fields’ scenes in You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (signed by George Marshall), Cline went on to direct the classic features that capped Fields’ career in the early ‘40s: My Little Chickadee (co-starring Mae West), The Bank Dick, and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break. Cline’s last important work was with Olsen and Johnson on Crazy… read more
Hilarious and highly inventive chase comedy as The Great Stone Face is pursued by seemingly the entire LA police force. I've always been more of a Harold Lloyd fan and - The General excepted - ignored Keaton. It's about time I investigated his work...
One of Buster Keaton's most famous comedies, COPS is essentially an extended chase sequence, with Keaton as a man trying to impress a woman by becoming a successful businessman, only to unwittingly find himself a fugitive on the run. Almost more of an action film than a comedy, COPS is nevertheless a fine example of Keaton's genius for constructing elaborate physical comedy routines.
A great short film. Keaton was always delivering something new in comedy, always innovative and fresh.
The best part of them was when grab on the running automobile to scape, he looked like… read review