This theatrical short acts as an infomercial specifically targeted at the female audience who is taught how to use the kitchen tools which are promotional items for the theater. The first ... See full summary »
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This theatrical short acts as an infomercial specifically targeted at the female audience who is taught how to use the kitchen tools which are promotional items for the theater. The first knife is able to cut vegetables into french curves, which can be combined in several different ways to make an interesting a colorful side dish. They are also told how they can use the rest of the vegetable in another interesting dish. The second knife cuts in a ripple pattern. The third knife is a hand held slicer with adjustable blade to allow different thicknesses of slices. The last knife demonstrated, the crowning glory in the set, is the mincing rolling knife. Beyond the specialized knife set, other items demonstrated include a melon baller, a pair of spring loaded tongs, a safety grater, a sharpening stone, a miniature can opener, a combination peeler/corer, a temporary pot and pan handle and a Sarah Bernhardt slicer. Written by Huggo

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This was made in 1950? I don't think so
2 June 2013 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This cheap--VERY cheap--five-minute short has a chef demonstrating how to use such kitchen utensils as can openers, peeling knives and french- fry cutters, among other things. It's not much to look at--the camera is locked on the chef's hands using the various tools for almost the entire length of the film--but there are several things that make me believe this film was not made in 1950, as stated in the IMDb listing. The chef says his lines in a kind of sing-song cadence that carnival barkers, medicine-show spielers and W.C. Fields used to use. The sound is extremely primitive, with a lot of pops and hisses, such as you'd hear in talkies from the early 1930s. The photography is very grainy, and not at all what you would see in a film--no matter how low the budget--made in 1950. Also, the opening credits are in the kind of art-deco style used in many low-budget films from the early 1930s, especially by Warner Brothers. All of this makes me believe that the film was made around 1933 or 1934, but I'd feel safe in betting money that there is no way this short was made anywhere near 1950.


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