Keystone Kops


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Keystone Kops

Incompetence incarnate. One of the staples of Mack Sennett's silent-movie comedies from World War I through the 1920s was a group of clumsily ineffective policemen known as the Keystone Kops (Keystone was the name of Sennett's film company). The Kops moved as a group, bumping into each other, driving their car in circles, and otherwise achieving nothing in the way of law enforcement but producing lots of movie mayhem. As a phrase to describe a group that accomplished nothing after lots of effort, “Keystone Kops” would suit them to a T.
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They honored the original Kamikaze Kid, and it's too bad the basketball was more like Keystone Kops.
The West Midlands is certainly the best police force in the UK, making some other policing operations look a tad like the Keystone Kops.
last week said that federal investigators in the salmonella case reminded him of Keystone Kops, adding that an investigation that should have taken hours or days instead has stretched on for weeks and months, AP reports that officials from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and FDA, which share responsibility for handling outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, found themselves on the defensive at the hearing.
The new version of the musical, which is based on the real-life bittersweet love affair between silent movie director Mack Sennett, creator of the Keystone Kops, and comedienne Mabel Normand, the heroine of his two-reeler films - will run at Gala Theatre in Durham until Saturday.
Bouncing between 1907 and the present in the titular scientist's time machine, pic runs the gamut from Buster Keaton to the Keystone Kops and comes up laughing most of the time.
The overall effect is mildly amusing, unthreateningly naughty and only subversive if you've never seen a Keystone Kops reel.
Little Fellow is managing one narrow escape after another--getting chased in and out of windows and trash cans, dodging falling houses, evading Big Man and slipping on banana peels, all with a bevy of Keystone Kops in hot pursuit.
The subsequent investigation and Board of Inquiry was worthy of the Keystone Kops.
With just seconds left of a see-saw encounter that confirmed Bolton's status as a Premiership force and suggested that United may already have blown their pursuit of Arsenal, Mikael Silvestre blundered on to centre stage to prove himself the Keystone Kops king of cock-ups.
Perhaps it was naive of me, but I expected to be enlightened re the individual character "types" and/or ethnic comedy, cinematic style, origins, historical context, and so on, of the classic silent film phenom immortalized under the rubric of The Keystone Kops.
Since joing the Roundbellies' Tour on his 50th birthday at the beginning of June, the Walrus has been a breath of fresh air with his club-banging antics and funny little Keystone Kops walk.
How this question landed in the chambers of the Supreme Court was a Keystone Kops comedy in governing.
When super-conflicted Harvey Pitt left his post as chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission, he trumpeted the "sensational" job he had done, overlooking also his wondrous gaffes without end and the chaotic culture he had created, compared unfavorably to that of the Keystone Kops.
The press release for Bornstein's show checks off Buster Keaton and the Keystone Kops while failing to invoke the equally apposite (if more critically intractable) Ed Wood, maestro of the botched sublime.
Go to any of the Mega-skatepark complexes popping up and you'll have five of these clods chasing you around like the Keystone Kops.
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