Chaplin and Conklin in “Dough and Dynamite”

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Today is the anniversary of the release of the Charlie Chaplin comedy Dough and Dynamite.

In this Keystone short, Charlie and Chester Conklin are rival waiters at a restaurant. The first part of the picture is about their ordinary daily shenanigans. An irate customer protests when Chaplin takes his plate too early and scrapes other stuff on it; Charlie hands him his plate back. Charlie, flirting with a girl, accidentally flings cream puffs in a man’s face. Charlie and Chester collaborate to break a lot of dishes.

Then, the bakers at the establishment, a bunch of scary, “foreign looking” anarchists, go on strike, planting explosive in some dough before they leave. Charlie now drafted into being a baker, with all the requisite flour gags. Then comes the kaboom?

To learn more about comedy film history please check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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To learn about the history of vaudevilleconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

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