Dough and Dynamite is a 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios starring Charlie Chaplin.
The story involves Chaplin and Chester Conklin working as waiters at a restaurant. In Mack Sennett's 1954 autobiography, King of Comedy, he recalled he was absent from Keystone Studios for most of the filming of Dough and Dynamite. Before Sennett left, he put Chaplin and Conklin jointly in charge of creating a new comedy with basically no guidelines. The two comedians began creating a film in which each man was a roominghouse boarder competing against one another in trying to woo the landlady, but they abandoned the idea after a short time. When they saw a "help wanted" sign outside a local bakery, the idea of a slapstick comedy set within a bakery came to both men almost simultaneously. Sennett claimed, however, that it was his idea to have a stick of dynamite concealed in a loaf of bread. Sennett declared Dough and Dynamite to be Chaplin's breakout film with Keystone.
The New York Dramatic Mirror praised Chaplin's efforts in Dough and Dynamite, writing, "In a comparatively short time, Charles Chaplin has earned a reputation as a slapstick comedian second to none. His odd little tricks of manner and his refusal to do the most simple things in an ordinary way are essential features of his method, which thus far has defied successful imitation."
Moving Picture World commented, "Two reels of pure nonsense, some of which is very laughable indeed. Chas. Chaplin appears as a waiter in a French restaurant and bakery. He has a terrible time breaking dishes and getting the dough over the floor. The bakers go on strike and at the last the whole place is blown up by dynamite. This is well-pictured and very successful for this form of humor."
Charles Chaplin - Pierre
Chester Conklin - Jacques
Fritz Schade - Monsieur La Vie, Bakery Owner
Norma Nichols - Mme. La Vie, the Baker's Wife
Glen Cavender - Head baker
Cecile Arnold - Waitress
Vivian Edwards - Customer
Phyllis Allen - Customer
John Francis Dillon - Customer
Edgar Kennedy - Striking baker
Slim Summerville - Striking baker
Charley Chase (as Charles Parrott) - Customer
Wallace MacDonald - Customer
Jess Dandy - Female Cook