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Dough and Dynamite (1914)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 26 October 1914 (USA)
Charlie and another waiter must become bakers when the regular bakers go out on strike. The strikers put dynamite in a piece of bread which is delivered to the cake counter. It winds up in the oven and explodes.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)

Writer:

Mack Sennett
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Pierre, a Waiter
Chester Conklin ... Jacques / a Waiter
Fritz Schade Fritz Schade ... Monsieur La Vie, Bakery Owner
Norma Nichols Norma Nichols ... Mme. La Vie, the Baker's Wife
Peggy Page Peggy Page ... Waitress (as Miss Page)
Cecile Arnold Cecile Arnold ... Waitress
Jess Dandy Jess Dandy ... Female Cook
Vivian Edwards Vivian Edwards ... 1st Customer
Phyllis Allen Phyllis Allen ... 2nd Customer
Glen Cavender ... Head Striking Baker
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Storyline

Charlie and another waiter must become bakers when the regular bakers go out on strike. The strikers put dynamite in a piece of bread which is delivered to the cake counter. It winds up in the oven and explodes.

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baker | striker | strike | dynamite | waiter | See All (9) »

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cook See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$130,000
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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was one of several Charles Chaplin comedies scheduled to be shown at the New York Historical Society in September 2001. In the wake of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, however, this film and one other, Work (1915), were pulled from the program because each ends with Charlie emerging from the rubble of a destroyed building. See more »

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Featured in Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003) See more »

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Not One of Chaplin's Best
18 November 2012 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

Mack Sennett in his "King of Comedy" proposes that this is the film that made Chaplin a star. Like much else in his autobiography, Sennett seems to be relying on a jumble of memories and imaginations. This was released in late Oct. 1914, and Chaplin was certainly a huge star several months before this.

Moving Picture World had this to say about the film in 1914: "This picture, which is to be released on October 26, is the first of the long-promised two-reel Keystone comedies that are to be released hereafter at regular intervals. So far as the story itself it could easily have been told in a half reel. but there is a genuine laugh in nearly every scene and the picture is one of the cleanest ones that Keystone has done."

It does seem to have only half a reel of plot. The magazine is being kind when they say that there is a genuine laugh in nearly every scene. Many of the laughs are repetitious and only three or four sequences are well choreographed.

The picture lacks a love interest for Chaplin and the vicious beating he gives to co-worker Chester Conglin makes him less than lovable. While lots of pastry and dough gets flung around, the only pie appears at 23:40 and Chaplin flings it pretty quickly, so it is at best a very minor gag in the film.


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