Keystone Kops


Keystone Kops
a team of actors who appeared as a group of comic police officers in a series of US silent films (1912–20) produced by Mack Sennett and his Keystone Comedy Company. The leader was played by Ford Sterling, and one of the other Kops was Fatty Arbuckle. They had long and funny scenes in which they chased criminals or wrongly chased innocent citizens, often in cars.

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      in silent-film comedies, insanely incompetent police force, dressed in ill-fitting, unkempt uniforms, that appeared regularly in Mack Sennett's (Sennett, Mack) slapstick farces from 1914 to the early 1920s. They became enshrined in American film history as genuine folk-art creations whose comic appeal was based on a native irreverence for authority.

      What the Kops lacked in sense they made up for in zeal, as they dashed off to the chase on foot or drove off in a tin lizzie (one accommodated the entire force), in jerky, speeded-up tempo. Whether they collided with one another around corners or became entangled in clotheslines, ladders, or folding tents, their facial expressions of dour dignity never changed. Many of the great silent-film comedians, such as Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, rose from the ranks of the Kops.

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