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.
This film was refreshing to watch. Even if cliche and occuring more than once, the jokes were hilarious. The ladder scene is one of a kind. Buster Keaton is awesome, I miss him in a world of meaningless drama. Without any doubt he would be able to cast some light onto the confusion of a modern man.
You start out trying to be the man your girl wants you to be and end up with every cop in the city after you. The set-up of clever coincidences segues into a 15 minute or so chase scene. Keaton was an early master of chase scenes and many of his early shorts like this were basically set-up/chase scene. This isn't his best, but they're all good.