Scene from the Keytstone Cops film "Clutches of the Gang" directed by George Nichols and Mack Sennett. The desk officer using the telephone is Ford Sterling. The policeman directly behind Sterling (in extreme background, left) is Edgar Kennedy. The hefty policeman at extreme right is Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. The young constable with bulging eyes, fourth from right, is Arbuckle's nephew Al St. John. The casting of the Keystone police force changed from one film to the next; many of the individual members were per-diem actors who remain unidentifiable.
1913 was a pretty pivotal year. A century ago, the LA Aqueduct got its start, New York City's Grand Central Terminal opened, and the temperature in Death Valley hit 134 degrees, the highest temperature ever recorded in the United States.
It was also a big year for film, and to mark the occasion, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is hosting a screening of 1913 movies this weekend.
Randy Haberkamp, the Academy's managing director of programming, education and preservation, joins the show with more.