COPS (Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, 1922)

Buster Keaton’s funny short silent “Cops” follows a boy, played by Keaton, who is out to “prove himself” to his girl, who insists she won’t marry him until he becomes a successful businessman—the “respectable” bourgeois American ideal. Buster tries; but his day’s misadventures reveal the tension between his desire to please his cold-hearted girl and […]