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A Day's Pleasure (1919)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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A Ford Story  »

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The house the family appears from is in reality Charles Chaplin's office. 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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Featured in George (2013) See more »

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Good Short Comedy, With a Slightly Different Feel For Chaplin
2 December 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a good short comedy, and it has a bit of a different feel to it than most of Chaplin's shorts. Instead of his familiar tramp character or some other underdog, this time Charlie is a family man taking everyone out for a day of fun, along with some misadventures on the way there and back. There isn't much of Chaplin's usual social commentary, as it focuses instead on trying to get as much mileage as possible out of a few basic gags. Most of the time this works pretty well, although it bogs down a bit in the middle when a couple of the gags start to wear rather thin. Among other things, it's interesting in that the approach this time - the story line, and especially the milking each gag for all it is worth - is what you would expect from Laurel and Hardy, rather than from Chaplin. Overall, it's amusing and interesting, and worth a look.


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