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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.


Charles Chaplin (uncredited)


Mack Sennett




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


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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The funniest picture ever shown on a screen. A scream from start to finish. (Print Ad- Hempstead Sentinel, ((Hempstead, NY)) 1 April 1915)


Comedy | Short


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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in The Great Buster (2018) See more »

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There is a genuine laugh in nearly every scene
16 March 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

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. The scene of the story is a combined bakery and restaurant elaborately constructed with three rooms, shop, restaurant and kitchen on the street level, and two bakerooms in the cellar. In all of these and in the back yard, the "goat" gets into all kinds of trouble. He is a waiter and when the bakers go on strike the proprietor makes him take their places. The strikers buy a loaf of bread, put a dynamite cartridge inside of it and then return it to the shop as being too heavy. The waiter-baker chucks in into the oven to cook some more and then after a while things happen. The explosion of course wrecks everything and the last views we have are of the proprietor digging himself out of the debris of bricks and mortar that was once the bake oven and of the "goat's" head slowly emerging from a great mass of dough that completely envelops him. - Moving Picture World, October 24, 1914

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26 October 1914 (USA) See more »

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