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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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The bakers in the employ of Monsieur La Vie go on strike. In the emergency Pierre and Jacques, the waiters, take possession of the kitchen, and as there is quite a bit of jealousy between them, on account of the female waitresses who smile impartially on both. It is not long before the dough is flying. Meanwhile, the strikers have conspired. They drill a hole in a loaf of bread and insert therein a stick of dynamite, cleverly replacing the piece of crust on the end of the loaf. Then they give it to a little girl, instructing her to carry it to the bakery and explaining that because the bread is too heavy her mother has sent it back. The wife of Monsieur La Vie returns the child's money and orders are given to the bakers to put the loaf back in the oven and bake it some more. They comply. The whole establishment is in a demoralized state. Customers in the café cannot get waited upon. The cook is in a towering temper. Pierre is clubbed on the head by the strikers, and goes about in a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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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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Trivia

This film is among the 34 short films included in the "Chaplin at Keystone" DVD collection. See more »

Connections

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

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Exploding bread!
26 February 2008 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

Dough and Dynamite was one of Chaplin's longest films at the time it was made, and also featured an unusually complex plot. Granted, "complex plot" meant something very different in 1914 than it means in 2008, but this was certainly a step up from his previous films, many of which were little more than exaggerated fist-fights. There is even some dramatic tension in this one!

The story involves some bakers going on strike demanding more money and less work, and so Charlie and one other man, played by Chester Conklin,have to take over for them. Neither of them is in anyway qualified to be baking bread.

There are some memorable moments, such as Charlie getting revenge against his co-worker for hitting him over the head (not knowing that his co-worker had been hit over the head himself), the floury dough-fights, and Charlie making dinner rolls by wrapping the dough around his arm.

The film seems to build up its story and have some semblance of a genuinely developed plot but ultimately ends like so many of these other early short films, with a fight and a seemingly meaningless ending. Still, it's clear that Chaplin was beginning to make genuine advances in his film techniques.


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Country:

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Language:

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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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