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The Cook (1918)

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Cooks make hovoc in seaside resort hotel.


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Complete credited cast:
Al St. John ...
Alice Lake ...
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Glen Cavender
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In an attempt at greater efficiency, the chef of a fancy oceanside restaurant and his assistant wreak havoc in the establishment. Adding to the complications is the arrival of a robber. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Comedy | Short

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15 September 1918 (USA)  »

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In a classic example of "magical" humor, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle the cook repeatedly dips into the same large metal vat and somehow produces a wide array of different foods. See more »


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Most of The Cook was a wonderful discovery of a previously lost Arbuckle/Keaton film
21 July 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Until 1998, this short silent comedy starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle with support from Buster Keaton and Al St. John was considered lost. Watch in amazement as Arbuckle tosses food to Keaton who just catches them on his plate effortlessly. Watch them both dance to the music of the jazz band as Buster impersonates the female dancer next to him and Roscoe does the same with Buster while fitting pots and pans and broom and dustpan on himself. Oh, and throw in some sausage and cabbage while you're at it! By the way, the most shockingly funny bit was when Arbuckle almost chops Buster's neck off! You'll just have to watch this short to know what I mean. I did notice some scenes still missing like when Buster was taking that bass from one of the African-American musicians and was targeting it at St. John. The later amusement park scenes also had some missing sequences though the titles explained what happened at the end. That setup wasn't as funny though there were still some decent laughs. So on that note, I recommend The Cook.

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