Fatty and Al are competing to take the same girl to the Waiters' Ball, but the formal dress requirement presents a problem: Fatty owns a tuxedo, but Al does not.


(as Roscoe Arbuckle)


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Complete credited cast:
The Cook
The Waiter
Corinne Parquet ...
The Cashier
Joe Bordeaux ...
The Cashier's Brother
The Dishwasher
Alice Lake ...
A Fair Customer


The workers at a diner are looking forward to the waiters' ball in the evening, at which full dress is required. First, they must get through a busy day with many customers. Later in the day, dress clothes for the cook and the dishwasher are delivered from the cleaners. The waiter has nothing appropriate to wear, but he is determined to go anyway. Written by Snow Leopard

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waiter | dress | dishwasher | diner | cook | See All (17) »


Comedy | Short






Release Date:

25 June 1916 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le bal des domestiques  »

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(TCM print) (2005)

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1.33 : 1
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Has A Lot Of Funny Material
1 December 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

There is a lot of funny material in this Keystone comedy, and it easily makes up for the relative lack of a story. In fact, some of the best parts are the isolated gags and slapstick bits that are not meant to advance the story at all. The setting also gives Roscoe Arbuckle, in particular, a lot of good material to work with, and he is in his element.

The greater part of the running time simply shows Arbuckle, Al St. John, Corinne Parquet, and Kate Price as workers at a diner, where they have to get through a busy day before they can all go to a waiters' ball in the evening. As is often the case in these features, you can spot a number of gags that Arbuckle used in other movies, some previously and some subsequently. It particularly reminds you of "The Cook", with a similar setting and a lot of similar comic bits from Arbuckle.

In the second part, which takes place at "The Waiter's Ball", the highlight is one of Arbuckle's cross-dressing sequences. He did a fair number of such sequences in his short comedies, yet they are usually slightly different in their details and in the way they are used in the story.

The story here generally takes a back seat to the individual sequences and comedy ideas, but this works pretty well. Most of it is done with the experienced timing and boundless energy that usually characterized Arbuckle's short comedies.

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