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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

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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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

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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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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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-quite-explosive-enough baking
4 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Am a big fan of Charlie Chaplin, have been for over a decade now. Many films and shorts of his are very good to masterpiece, and like many others consider him a comedy genius and one of film's most important and influential directors.

He did do better than 'Dough and Dynamite', still made very early on in his career where he was still finding his feet and not fully formed what he became famous for. Can understand why the Keystone period suffered from not being as best remembered or highly remembered than his later efforts, but they are mainly decent and important in their own right. 'Dough and Dynamite' is a long way from a career high, but has a lot of nice things about it and is to me one of the better efforts in the 1914 Keystone batch.

'Dough and Dynamite' is not as hilarious, charming or touching as his later work and some other shorts in the same period. The story is flimsy and the production values not as audacious. Occasionally, things feel a little scrappy and confused.

For someone who was still relatively new to the film industry and had literally just moved on from their stage background, 'Dough and Dynamite' is not bad at all and there are flashes of his distinctive style.

While not audacious, the film hardly looks ugly, is more than competently directed and is appealingly played. Chaplin looks comfortable and shows his stage expertise while opening it up that it doesn't become stagy or repetitive shtick.

Although the humour, charm and emotion was done even better and became more refined later, 'Dough and Dynamite' is humorous, sweet and easy to like. The support is above average, Chester Conklin providing amusing moments. It moves quickly and doesn't feel too long or short.

Overall, pretty decent. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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