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  • 4.3
One of Buster Keaton's greatest and most famous comedies, COPS is universally enjoyed for the inventive comedy and amazing chase sequences. However, its darker aspects (Keaton's use of an anarchists bomb risked painful reminders of the horse and wagon, similar to the one Buster drives, that carried a bomb into New York city's Wall Street business district, killing forty people just the previous year) and fatalistic bent ("the end" title is a tombstone) fascinate film historians and Keaton biographers.

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Selected as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film for the National Film Registry in 1997.


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The master of silent comedy at his best. I hadn't seen this particular short since college. It has aged well. Almost 100 years old, and it still made me laugh out loud and exclaim "wow" several times.

There are about as many amazing stunts as you could possibly pack into 18 minutes.

Some of them you have no doubt seen before on highlight reels:

* hanging his hat on a horse's hip bone

* using a ladder as a see-saw

* escaping from a locked trunk

* grabbing the back of a car at high speed

* and eluding the "cops" in a number of creative ways

Keaton moves like a professional athlete. No one does physical comedy better.

We enjoy one last laugh at Keaton's expense as "The End" appears on a tombstone.

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The master of silent comedy at his best. I hadn't seen this particular short since college. It has aged well. Almost 100 years old, and it still made me laugh out loud and exclaim "wow" several times.

There are about as many amazing stunts as you could possibly pack into 18 minutes.

Some of them you have no doubt seen before on highlight reels:

* hanging his hat on a horse's hip bone

* using a ladder as a see-saw

* escaping from a locked trunk

* grabbing the back of a car at high speed

* and eluding the "cops" in a number of creative ways

Keaton moves like a professional athlete. No one does physical comedy better.

We enjoy one last laugh at Keaton's expense as "The End" appears on a tombstone.

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Always love some Buster and this has nice gags: the teeter totter ladder, a classic Buster disappearing by grabbing a speeding car, hanging his hat on a horse hip bone and more.

fantastic

It Was Really! Says Bruno In Love!

Early Keaton ingenuity, irony and fun on great display.