The Waiter's Ball (1916)

Run Time - 20 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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This two-reel comedy was one of the last Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle made for Mack Sennett's Keystone Pictures. The beginning sounds a bit like The Butcher Boy, Arbuckle's first film as an independent, which he made the next year. A pretty cashier in a restaurant (Corinne Parquet) has two rival suitors: the cook (Arbuckle) and a waiter (Al St. John). The pair's slapstick attempts to romance the girl leave the manager, restaurant patrons, and other employees all the worse for wear. All the workers at the restaurant are looking forward to the Waiters' Ball, a fancy, full-dress affair. Unfortunately for the waiter, who would like to escort the girl, he has no dress suit. The cook has sent his to the cleaners, and through a bit of trickery, the waiter manages to steal it -- never mind that it's several dozen sizes too large. But the cook shows up anyway -- attired in a dress he has stolen from the hefty dishwasher (fine veteran comedienne Kate Price). When the cook finds the waiter in his dress suit, trouble ensues. More trouble ensues when the dishwasher catches the "belle of the ball" wearing her dress!