There have been many worthy books on the
Keystone Film Company, Mack Sennett, and Mabel Normand—not to mention the
countless volumes on Charlie Chaplin. But, despite their ongoing popularity,
there has never been a full-length book devoted solely to the Keystone Cops.
At least, not until now.
A dozen or so film historians have come
together to document and assess those clumsy constabularies. Containing
insights into the Cops’ place in cinema history, as well as fifty-six
individual biographies, three hundred rare photographs, and a newly compiled
filmography, Chase! is the ultimate tribute to the world’s most
comically inept police force.
“An engaging, enlightening, and informative
collection of essays by some of the most knowledgeable silent comedy experts
around today, thanks to silent film historian Lon Davis. In addition, Lon and
Keystone historian and author Brent Walker have provided a comprehensive
listing of all the Sennett-produced Keystone Cops films. An essential addition
to any silent film fan’s library.”
Review by Silent-ology
Review by James L. Neibaur