This was the eleventh two-reeler these two geniuses made (out of 16). For Arbuckle it was his 128th comic performance on film, but Buster's 11th. Their repartee is greatly advanced here. The first section in the kitchen and restaurant with Fatty as the Chef and Buster as the Waiter is a masterpiece of acrobatic timing. Buster's exotic dance and Fatty's double take both as Salome with a John the Baptist head on a platter and as Cleopatra with a sausage link of asp are side-splitting hilarious. There is another great scene involving eating spaghetti. The segments with Luke the Dog chasing Al St. John are a let down and the Goatland pier ending is only typical slapstick, not up to their earlier work in the film.
By piecing together two fragmentary surviving pieces this almost lost film has been preserved (except for the final minute or so) and is available on VHS and DVD from Milestone Films. Of note is that the famous still which adorns the cover of Fatty and Buster with a saxophone does not appear in the reconstructed film, either an outtake or a lost bit.
The acrobatic timing of both Arbuckle and Keaton are amazing to watch -over and over again - and it's happening in real time. No special effects or stop action cameras. Note that the dog and fish joke is borrowed here from the earlier FATTY AND MABEL ADRIFT (1916).
Considered lost for several years. A surviving print was found and shown, for the first time in over 70 years, in Venice 1999. The surviving print was found in the attic of a former hospital in Norway. Apparently, the director of the hospital in the 1920s and 30s felt that laughter and comedy helped soothe mentally challenged patients and kept a collection of short films by Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin on hand. None of the other short films found were considered lost.