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 date
  • September 15, 1918 (1918-09-15)[1]
Running time
22 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Cook is a 1918 American 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 well-received work by Keaton.[2]

Plot[edit]

Fatty is the head chef at the "Bull Pup" restaurant where Keaton serves as the head waiter. One evening while service is in full flow Keaton and Fatty entertain the crowd with their dancing (Despite breaking most of the plates and bottles in the restaurant in the process). The fun is soon spoiled when a vagrant comes in (St John, referred to as "Holdup Man" in the credits) and begins ruining everyone's good time and dancing with the waitress (Lake) against her will. Fatty, Keaton and the manager are no match for Holdup Man but he is subsequently scared off by Luke, Fatty's dog. Later, Fatty and Keaton join a pair of gentlemen in the restaurant for a big plate of spaghetti, not being able to replicate the correct way of eating it they resort to their own methods of eating one string at a time and cutting it with scissors to make shorter.

The next day Fatty plans a fishing trip with Luke while Keaton simultaneously takes the waitress on a date to the amusement park. Fatty takes a shortcut through the park and knocks several people out with his exceptionally long fishing rod before arriving on the beach. The waitress gets separated from Keaton and is chased around the park by Holdup Man and ends up falling off the top of a roller coaster, falling into the sea. Holdup man is chased off by Luke yet again and Fatty and Keaton attempt to rescue the waitress but find that the key to a flotation device is "in a courthouse one mile east". Acting fast, they grab a rope to throw to the waitress but Keaton falls off the pier still holding the rope and drags Fatty in with him

Preservation status and restoration[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).[3] Another print, with 600 additional feet of footage (about eight minutes), was found in the Netherlands in 2002, and the two were combined, using the synopsis from the Library of Congress as a guide to create the restored version, although there are still missing scenes.[3][4] This version is currently available on the DVD The Cook and Other Treasures.

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References[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. ^ a b Susan King (February 17, 2003). "Restoring highlights of bygone eras". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ The genius of Buster Keaton: the short films collection DVD. Kino. 2010. 

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