The Cook

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This article is about the 1918 Fatty Arbuckle movie. For the song by La Bolduc, see La Cuisinière.
The Cook
The cook poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Buster Keaton
Al St. John
Alice Lake
Glen Cavender
Cinematography George Peters
Edited by Herbert Warren
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • September 15, 1918 (1918-09-15)[1]
Running time
22 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English Intertitles

The Cook (1918) is a silent film starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. The movie is a slapstick comedy and focuses on goings-on at a high-end restaurant with Arbuckle as the Cook and Keaton as the Waiter.

The film is notable for a scene spoofing the 1918 Theda Bara film Salomé, with Arbuckle dancing around with a length of sausage links and pots and pans. It also contains many of Arbuckle's favorite food gags and some great work by Keaton.[2]

Preservation status[edit]

The movie was believed to be a lost film for several decades before a damaged nitrate print was uncovered in the Norwegian Film Archive in 1998 in an unmarked canister with A Reckless Romeo (1917). More footage was found in The Netherlands in 2002. [3] The film is currently available on DVD as The Cook and Other Treasures.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Knopf, Robert (2 August 1999). The theater and cinema of Buster Keaton. Princeton University Press. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-691-00442-6. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Neibaur, James L. (2007), Arbuckle and Keaton: Their 14 Film Collaborations, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc, Publishers, ISBN 978-0-7864-2831-1 
  3. ^ The genius of Buster Keaton: the short films collection DVD. Kino. 2010. 

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