Keystone Kops


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Keystone Kops

A term applied to people who are seen as bumbling and inept. The original Keystone Kops were ineffectual policemen in Mack Sennett's early-20th-century slapstick comedies. The defensemen were like the Keystone Kops out there, banging into each other and just letting the other team score.

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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Likening the stunt to a farcical film, Brad Stephens, defending, said: "The offence itself is reminiscent of the old Keystone Kops when you've got somebody trying to steal a fridge, banging it down every stair when people are sitting downstairs and can hear everything.
These films (such as the well-known "Keystone Kops" comedies) helped to create a visual language for humor that is still used in today's film comedies.
The West Midlands is certainly the best police force in the UK, making some other policing operations look a tad like the Keystone Kops.
Is this more reminiscent of serious military operations, or are readers starting to think of the Keystone Kops?
Keystone Kops caper across the Wembley turf has gone down in football folklore.
"I'm sure it was highly entertaining for any neutrals because it was 'Keystone Kops' at both ends."
Meanwhile, in the United States, House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) 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.
Among the kneejerk reactions to Boro's Keystone Kops defensive display at Reading was a growing clamour for the boss to dust off his boots.
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.
Recognizing the failure at the federal level does not excuse the mistakes made by local and state governments, bur neither do those mistakes excuse FEMA's Keystone Kops routine.
The subsequent investigation and Board of Inquiry was worthy of the Keystone Kops.
How else could you describe two incidents that will forever feature in the What Happened Next slot of TV sports quiz shows?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.
And what about The Kops' comedic appeal to the rapidly expanding middle class audience?--Very much a film spectatorship factor by the time of the September 1913 release of the first Keystone Kops film, a half-reeler entitled The Bangville Police.
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