Produced by King Bee at Bayonne, NJ, this two-reel farce starred Chaplin imitator Billy West as the star boarder in a theatrical boarding house. The film's working title was "The Star Boarder," but, as a King Bee press release pointed out, that title had already been used by another company. The "other company" was Chaplin's, of course, and the film, like most of West's comedies, remains a pale imitation of that star's early work, up to and including Oliver Hardy dressed up to resemble Chaplin menace Eric Campbell. The Chief Cook's main claim to fame was a scene in which West spies on lovely Ellen Burford taking a bath. At one point, the starlet stands up to towel off, offering the audience more than a glimpse of her ample accoutrements. King Bee produced seven West comedies at the old Centaur studios in Bayonne before relocating to Hollywood.
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