Short Orders (1923)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 12 min.  |  
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In the early '20s, comics would pump out one and two-reel films based on the slightest of plots but rich in gags. Such was Short Orders, a one-reeler made by Stan Laurel for Hal Roach. Stan works at a small café, doubling as waiter and as assistant to the chef (George Rowe). Stan and the cook have to deal with very out-of-the-ordinary food -- bread that must be cut with a cross saw, leaping Limburger -- and the barely edible results are served to an evermore-disgruntled clientele. The cashier (Katherine Grant) starts crying and Stan pays so much attention to her that he accidentally serves a customer a shoe's sole instead of a steak. The diner is so infuriated that Stan has to quit. As he's leaving, he raises his umbrella to bang his boss on the head and silverware comes raining out of it.