Wonderful Keaton short as he wreaks havoc among the police force, the pillars of authority and respectability, in a vain attempt to stand up to the test of respectability himself in order to conquer a woman. The chase scenes, the gags, the stunts are superbly choreographed and the film's circular structure plays well with movement, stasis and the ultimate absorbtion of the individual in the collective. Great fun!
It stars funny with Keaton "behind" bars and a couple of good visual gags and while it has many similarities with "The Goat" and consist mostly of repeating chase sequences and predictable (but good) gags this one has a surprising "depressing ending" that make it almost stand out as a classic only for that final shot.
Buster "trading" for a horse cart full of household furniture is the epitome of Keaton's ingenuity. A short film packed with gems, trademark chase and hundreds of extras running like headless chickens. Undoubtedly one of his best films in an era when silence spoke a thousand words.
Keaton as an unsuspecting anarchist taking on the entire police force and trapping them in the fifth precinct? Wealth, power, privilege and state authority are all taken for a ride: this is proletariat cinema at its best, made when Keaton was at his peak and during a time when the art of constructing visual narratives was finally becoming a seamless craft.
Lo que no me deja de sorprender en algunas películas de Keaton, es sobre el extenso número de extras que pueden entrar en un mismo escenario. De la persecución de "Cops" me recuerda a la tan masiva movilización de "Siete ocasiones". Aparte de ello, lograda la confusión inicial a raíz de una billetera extraviada.