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The Cook (1918)

Cooks make hovoc in seaside resort hotel.

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Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Chef
Buster Keaton ... Assistant Chef
Al St. John ... Holdup Man
Alice Lake ... Waitress / Cashier
Glen Cavender
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luke the Dog Luke the Dog ... Dog
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Storyline

In an attempt at greater efficiency, the chef of a fancy oceanside restaurant and his assistant wreak havoc in the establishment. Adding to the complications is the arrival of a robber. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Koch See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Comique Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Considered lost for several years. A surviving print was found and shown, for the first time in over 70 years, in Venice 1999. The surviving print was found in the attic of a former hospital in Norway. Apparently, the director of the hospital in the 1920s and 30s felt that laughter and comedy helped soothe mentally challenged patients and kept a collection of short films by Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin on hand. None of the other short films found were considered lost. See more »

Alternate Versions

The restored print of "The Cook" runs 21 minutes. It was compiled from a 17 minute print discovered in Norway in 1999 and a 10 minute print discovered in the Netherlands in 2002. Both the restored print and the Norwegian print have a blue color tint, while the Dutch version is in black and white. While all three versions are available on DVD, none include the last minute and a half of the film, which is still considered lost. See more »

Connections

Featured in Silent Clowns: Buster Keaton (2006) See more »

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In Every Way A Masterpiece In The Art Of Slapstick
25 October 2006 | by janek303See all my reviews

This is one movie I never will forget. It scores a 10 in all departments: Choreography (unbelievable !), Pacing (Fast and Accurate), Weird (the rendition of "salome" with kitchen stuff as costume, coming out of nowhere, is by far the most decadent stuff to be ever put on a Silent Movie - I mean: Fatty Arbuckle is Genius !) I would have wanted to roll on the floor laughing but it was not possible, because I couldn't get my eyes off the screen, I was THAT amazed by the furious things Buster and Fatty are doing all the time. The humor is outstanding. This Masterpiece was long time vanished, but for god's sake found again. It was the first movie I saw from Fatty, so after that I was a huge fan of him. And Buster - never saw a guy who was more fitting in Slapstick. This Movie is one hell of a ride - GO SEE IT !!!!!


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