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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 »

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What silent comedy should be
23 May 2003 | by chucksaltySee all my reviews

I was amazed at the effortlessness and grace of this "lost and found" Fatty Arbuckle-Buster Keaton comedy. The first reel is particularly hilarious, with Fatty cooking and juggling his utensils, "flipping a flap" onto waiter Buster's plate. A less inhibited Buster also provides a spontaneous, exotic dance. And, as usual, Arbuckle's nephew, Al St. John, heartily contributes to the anarchy.

One get the sense that these three men (along with Luke the dog) had the time of their lives designing such memorable slapstick!

This treat ranks alongside "The Garage" has one of the best Keaton-Arbuckle shorts!


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