Charlie is walking in the park. A girl leaves a seaman on one bench and joins Charlie on another. The seaman wakes up. He and Charlie stage a brick fight. Policemen get hit and arrest both ... See full summary »

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Charlie is walking in the park. A girl leaves a seaman on one bench and joins Charlie on another. The seaman wakes up. He and Charlie stage a brick fight. Policemen get hit and arrest both men. During an ensuing fight on the dock the policemen, the seaman, Charlie and the girl wind up in the water. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Not a Classic But It Made Me Laugh
6 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Recreation (1914)

*** (out of 4)

A woman and a sailor are on a date when he dozes off so she decides to take a little walk. Enter the Little Tramp (Charles Chaplin) who goes up to the woman and when her boyfriend finds out a fight breaks out with a bunch of bricks being thrown. RECREATION lasts less than ten-minutes and the entire thing really seems to have been made very quickly. It really appears that the majority of the sequences were just improvised and this is especially true early on when we first see the Tramp and he's trying to sit up on a railing but of course having trouble. Later in the film when we see him laughing and cutting up with the woman, the way Chaplin is kicking around seems to show the legend just performing and trying to make something work. This is certainly far from a classic but I must admit that it kept me laughing throughout most of it. The brick throwing scenes were rather violent in their own right and I think this led to quite a few laughs especially when a couple cops get thrown into the mix. There's a scene where Chaplin goes to throw a brick but then notices the cop watching him and he tries to act like he's not doing anything wrong. This is a routine that would make it into some of the biggest Chaplin pictures and it's funny to see it work so well even here.


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