The Cook (1918)

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“The Cook” is a silent film released in 1918, starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle as a chef working in a restaurant. The film follows the chef as he tries to prepare a meal while dealing with various mishaps and distractions, including a difficult customer and a mischievous kitchen hand.

The film is notable for its physical comedy and slapstick humor, which were hallmarks of Arbuckle’s style. Despite its age, “The Cook” is still regarded as a classic example of early film comedy, and it influenced many future filmmakers.

However, the film’s legacy has been marred by the scandal that surrounded Arbuckle’s career in the years that followed. In 1921, he was accused of rape and manslaughter in the death of actress Virginia Rappe, which led to a highly publicized trial and Arbuckle’s eventual acquittal. The scandal had a lasting impact on his career and reputation, and it is often cited as an example of the destructive power of media sensationalism.

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John

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