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A Day's Pleasure (1919)

A father takes his family for an outing, which turns out to be a ridiculous trial.

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Father takes his family for a drive in their falling-apart Model T Ford, gets in trouble in traffic, and spends the day on an excursion boat. As the boat is about to leave Charlie rushes ashore for cigarettes. As he returns the boat is leaving, but a fat lady has fallen forward with feet on the dock and hands on the deck so Charlie is able rush aboard across her back. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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15 December 1919 (USA)  »

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Trivia

While Charles Chaplin is having trouble with the automobile at the beginning, a man across the street in the background walks by and stops, then walks back. This man was most probably a studio employee. See more »

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As Charlie struggles with the cantankerous car, a pedestrian walks into view on a sidewalk in the background. Either realizing a film is being shot or waved off by the crew, he hastily turns around and walks away. See more »

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Early Chaplin frolic that would be more searchingly examined in Bunuel or Godard.
8 December 1999 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Chaplin's shorts are beginning to look very thin - aesthetically, philosophically, comically - especially in comparison to Buster Keaton's melancholy fantasies, but A DAY'S PLEASURE has much to recommend it. Usually the Little Tramp - a disruptive rebel - Charlie is a model bourgeois here, with family and modern appurtenances. Foreshadowings of Bunuel and Godard as the family take a trip, and adverse circumstances force worst bourgeois instincts to surface: especially savage violence. Ship sequence hilarious, especially the woman with pram who dives for an embarking boat.


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