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Dough And Dynamite

Big chaplin dough and dynamite final close up
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Dough and Dynamite is perhaps the most important comedy Chaplin made in his early ascent to screen stardom and the most profitable of all the Keystone two-reel comedies. According to Chaplin, the film, which required nine days of production and ran $800.over the $1,000 budget, grossed more than $130,000 during its first year in distribution. In the early silent-film era, Dough and Dynamite was generally regarded as one of the greatest of all Hollywood comedies. Chaplin and Chester Conklin play waiters at a café/bakery who are forced by their ill-tempered employer to man the ovens when the bakers go on strike. The strikers secretly place a stick of dynamite in a loaf of bread that Charlie unwittingly places in the oven. The explosion of the café/bakery concludes the film, with everyone dazed and confused among the rubble. The last shot is a close-up of Charlie struggling out from under an enormous layer of dough. More than just a successful comedy, Dough and Dynamite references then-current labor issues in Los Angeles involving the city’s bakers’s unions demands for better working conditions. The film’s final shot, Charlie emerging from the gooey dough, anticipates the conclusion of Work (1915). Angry strikers reappear in Behind the Screen (1916) and Modern Times (1936). Finished and shipped: September 18, 1914 Released: October 26, 1914 Scenario: Charles Chaplin Producer: Mack Sennett Director: Charles Chaplin Length: Two reels
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