Production info

The Cook
USA, 1918

Buster Keaton, Roscoe Arbuckle
Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle


This 22 minute film by Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton was presumed lost until 1996. Set in a restaurant, it contains a sequence where an exotic dancer in an Arabian costume is performing for the customers. Although Buster is in the midst of waiting tables the music inspires him to participate and perform a pseudo-Egyptian 'snake dance'. Back in the kitchen Roscoe, the cook, manages to top him when he joins in, transforming common kitchen items into a Cleopatra costume.

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