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Cook and Other Treasures, The

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At the Bull Pup Café, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle is chef of all trades and Buster Keaton waits tables in his own inimitable fashion. When a rambunctious customer annoys the pretty cashier, Keaton comes to her defense and all-out mayhem ensues. Arbuckle and Keaton’s dance à la Salome and Cleopatra is a highlight of the dining experience, and they are ably assisted by Luke the Dog who steals the show as the feisty canine defender of womanhood. Long considered one of cinema’s holy grails, The Cook was discovered in 1998 among a cache of unidentified nitrate prints at the Norsk Filminstitutt. Then in 2002, additional footage was discovered by the staff at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam! This edition combines the sources to aproximate the original US release and proves The Cook to be one of the finest and funniest of the Arbuckle and Keaton collaborations. 

A Reckless Romeo was also a legendary lost film before it too was miraculously rediscovered at the Norsk Filminstitutt. Here, Arbuckle is at the height of his comedic talents as an adventurous young husband exploring greener pastures. But this Lothario’s attempts at indiscretion at the Palisades Amusement Park are filmed by a newsreel cameraman and shown at the local movie house – with the philandering hubby, his wife, mother-in-law and the pretty girl’s boyfriend in the audience! Arbuckle’s "escape" is one of the most memorable endings of any cinematic comedy.

Also included is Harold Lloyd’s hilarious 1920 short Number, Please? (1920, 23 minutes). Shot at Venice Beach, California. Print courtesy of LarCas Productions.

This DVD is also available for Institutional Purchase, which includes public performance rights and a 3-year streaming license. Please click on the “Format” button and select “DVD Institutional Rate.”

 An Explanation of Home, Classroom, and Public Performance Rights

Individuals and non-profit institutions purchasing at the DVD, DVD-R, or Blu-ray rate — or streaming at published rental and sales prices — are authorized to use the film only for private home screening and legitimate classroom showing (a regularly scheduled class with an instructor present), per the United States Copyright Law. You can learn more about the distinction between classroom and public performance screenings here.


US and Canadian nonprofit educational institutions that wish to show a film publicly outside of a scheduled class need to purchase DVDs, DVD-Rs, and Blu-rays at the institutional rate — which grants 3-year in-house streaming rights and an on-site public performance license. This in-house streaming license is for a term of three years from the date of purchase and grants the purchasing institution the right to stream over a single secure server with a password-protected connection. Streaming access must be strictly limited to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. Streaming rights extensions can be negotiated with Milestone after the initial three-year term has lapsed. Milestone retains the right to terminate this agreement at any time. No broadcast, Internet or other rights are granted or implied. These rights are for on-site use only per the license agreement. 

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Milestone Film & Video
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Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640-0128
United States 

35mm and 16mm prints are shipped insured for their cost via Federal Express or UPS and must be returned the same way or by an equivalent method. Please do not ship prints back via US Mail. Exhibitor pays to ship both ways. Shipping and handling charges for outgoing prints appear on your invoice. The immediate return of all prints is your responsibility.

Prints should be returned insured for $1,000 to:

Iron Mountain
Attn: Milestone Account
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Milestone is the exclusive licensor for all the titles in this catalog, all of which are available here in their complete versions.


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