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Alkali Ike's Boarding House (1912)

Bridget, the cook on the Hard-Up Ranch, is some eat specialist on everything but soup. This, the boys declare, is bad, and select "Alkali" as the martyr to so inform her. "Alkali" does the ... See full summary »
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Bridget
Kite Robinson
Al Parks
Louis Morisette

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Bridget, the cook on the Hard-Up Ranch, is some eat specialist on everything but soup. This, the boys declare, is bad, and select "Alkali" as the martyr to so inform her. "Alkali" does the test he can, but is bombarded out of the kitchen by the irate Bridget, who proceeds to drive the boys to the shelter of the hayloft for protection. They watch her leave with weary faces, then draw straws to see who does the cooking. "Alkali" wins the high honor and takes possession of the kitchen. But the annoying boys cause him to empty all, the dinner over their heads in chasing them out, and consequently all they have is dry bread and not much of that. Next morning "Alkali" has the time of his life trying to root the sleepy boys from bed. Not until he has emptied the contents of a bucket of water over them do they condescend to get up, and, after breakfast, "Alkali" suddenly determines he has been the goat long enough. He relieves the boys of their weapons, then forces them to wash dishes and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Made the audience laugh harder than any picture we have seen in several days
4 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A farce that made the audience laugh harder than any picture we have seen in several days. There is crockery smashing in it, and the throwing around of coffee pots and pans and whole-boiled potatoes; but underneath this, there is a real situation and there is good fun in it. The trouble begins when the woman cook serves up dishwater soup. Ike is delegated to courteously remonstrate; but her majesty flies off the handle. After she has departed, and the boys have come from their hiding places in the barn, Ike is once more lucky in being the choice of fate. He is promoted to be cook. He becomes a potentate. There is fun before dinner is ready; but the best part comes when breakfast is ready next morning and more added after it is finished. The camera work is good. - The Moving Picture World, May 4, 1912


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