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Plot: 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.
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In Every Way A Masterpiece In The Art Of Slapstick
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 !!!!!
Comedy served up with all the trimmings
What I love about this movie is that it feels like a live action cartoon, one of those Betty Boop-style cartoons where everyone seems to be made of rubber, and even the cars and buildings come to life and bounce to the music. That isn’t exactly what happens in The Cook, but it sure is the “cartooniest” comedy Roscoe Arbuckle & Buster Keaton made together. This was the last short Buster appeared in before he shipped off to France for military service in the First World War, so it’s all the more striking that everyone appears to be having so much fun. The Cook has a party atmosphere that’s contagious, even now.
Most of the action is set in a medium-sized restaurant, where the clientèle is respectable and there’s a jazz combo on hand to entertain. Roscoe is the cook, and this of course gives him the opportunity to perform a medley of his favorite food prep gags: flipping pancakes high in the air and catching them behind his back, playing “hacky-sack” with wads of dough, etc. Buster is the waiter, and we’re treated to several close-ups that reveal just how amazingly handsome he was at this point in his life. The Cook isn’t as violent as some of the other Keaton & Arbuckle shorts, but there’s a gag early on that made me gasp: Roscoe is using a meat cleaver to chop a large fish, and when Buster unexpectedly flies headlong into the kitchen and lands on the chopping block, Roscoe brings the cleaver down on his neck! No harm done, however, just like cartoons.
The highlight is an impromptu musical number. An exotic dancer in an Arabian costume is performing for the customers, and although Buster is busy waiting tables the music inspires him to participate. His pseudo-Egyptian “snake dance” is great fun to watch, but back in the kitchen Roscoe manages to top him when he joins in, transforming common kitchen items into a Cleopatra costume. (He also works in a reference to Salome, using a cabbage as the head of John the Baptist.) Most of Roscoe’s dance isn’t visible to the patrons, he’s just clowning back in the back for his own amusement — and ours, of course. When he dances into the dining room and enhances his act by smashing plates no one is especially shocked or even much surprised, and the finale is greeted with a vigorous round of applause. The mood is downright giddy. Unfortunately the mood darkens when scuzzy Al St. John shows up and manhandles pretty cashier Alice Lake, but the staff at this establishment knows how to handle the undesirable element, and Luke the Dog is soon on call to teach the tough guy some manners. The next sequence features Roscoe, Buster, and two restaurant staffers eating spaghetti in a variety of funny ways; they turn a long strand into an impromptu clothes-line, Roscoe gets the food mixed up with his tie, etc. That’s the joy of this film, there’s no plot to worry about and no reason to hurry: these guys seem to have all the time in the world to sit around and perform clever gags. (Incidentally, the staffer with the big mustache is John Rand, familiar from a number of Chaplin films; Laurel & Hardy fans will recognize the other gent as Bobby Dunn, the cheerful shoplifter from Tit For Tat.)
The finale takes place in a nearby amusement park, where customers are borne in goat-carts. Al St. John reappears to menace Alice, so Luke obligingly reappears to menace Al. The last shots of the film are missing, unfortunately, but we’re lucky we’re able to see this much; The Cook was believed to be gone forever until the 1990s, when a portion of the film was found, and that section was matched up with another newly discovered fragment in 2002. The result is a funny and light-hearted comedy, offering modern day buffs a pleasant reunion with two great comedians supported by familiar colleagues, all having a blast.
Original Language en
Runtime 22 min, 20 min (Blu-ray)
Genre Comedy, Short
Director Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle
Writer Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle
Actors Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Silent
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Film Length 600 m (2 reels) (USA)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm