“Get some cops to protect our policemen!” Harmless, hapless Keaton incurs the wrath of hundreds of policemen.
Buster Keaton and Many, Many “Cops”
PRESENTED BY GARY SCOTT BEATTY, PUBLISHER AND EDITOR, MUSKEGONMAGAZINE.COM
Buster’s film Cops (1922) is about a man who can not win, even though his intentions are good. The character is pursued by hundreds of policemen!
Perhaps this film is Keaton’s response to friend Fatty Arbuckle’s woes. Arbuckle was undergoing a third trial for manslaughter when this short was filmed. Audiences were apparently laughing too hard to let the terrorist bomb sequence bother them, although just two years earlier, 30 people were killed by an anarchist’s bomb on Wall Street.
Cops was written and directed by Edward F. Cline and Muskegon’s own Buster Keaton.
In the early 1900’s performers began to spend summers in the Bluffton area. Buster’s father, Joe, helped found the Actor’s Colony club there and by 1911, over 200 performers resided in the colony. By the early 1920’s, the California film industry lured many vaudevillian performers to Hollywood, including Buster and his family.
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