A professional magician, "The Great Spumoni", fires his male assistant and his female assistant insists that he hire another one. The young man he hires turns out to have no aptitude whatsoever for a magic act. Complications ensue.
This is one of the several very good, very funny sound shorts Keaton made for Educational. Everyone says "Grand Slam Opera" is the best, but "The Chemist" is by far my favorite of the bunch ("The Gold Ghost" would be next in line for me). We need someone to restore and distribute the entire Educational archive. Sony has done us the favor of releasing excellently restored Columbia shorts that Keaton made in the early '40s, and of them, two are practically vintage Keaton, in parts if not whole. If we could see the Educational films in pristine prints I think the series would be a hit. Kino has released them all under the title "Lost Keaton". The picture quality of "The Chemist" is excellent; other titles do not fair so well. For some reason the sound is more poor than the release by LooserThanLoose (where the picture is not good). Check out this film from the Kino release and see what you think.
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