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Release Date:
15 December 1919 (USA) See more »
His Own fourth Million Dollar Comedy See more »
Father takes his family for a drive in their falling-apart Model T Ford, gets in trouble in traffic... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Chaplin ... Father (as Charlie Chaplin)

Edna Purviance ... Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C. Allen ... Jazz Musician (uncredited)
Naomi Bailey ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Sallie Barr ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... Captain / Man in Car / Heavy Policeman (uncredited)
True Boardman ... Man on Boat (uncredited)
James Bryson ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)

Jackie Coogan ... Smallest Boy (uncredited)
Dixie Doll ... Woman on Boat (uncredited)
Charles S. Drew ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Elmer Ellsworth ... Man in Street Scene (uncredited)
Marion Feducha ... Small Boy (uncredited)
Leroy Finnegan ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Mrs. Fowler ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Warren Gilbert ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
J.A. Irvin ... Jazz Musician (uncredited)
Bob Kelly ... Small Boy (uncredited)
Toraichi Kono ... Chauffeur in Street Scene (uncredited)
Raymond Lee ... Man on Boat (uncredited)
Babe London ... Large Husband's Seasick Wife (uncredited)
Nancy Mix ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Louise Muma ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Dorothy Oliver ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Granville Redmond ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Alfred Reeves ... Man in Street Scene (uncredited)
Charles Reisner ... Man in Street Scene (uncredited)
Jean Riley ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Mrs. Roos ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Sylvia Sarto ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Elsie Sindora ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
E. Sorral ... Jazz Musician (uncredited)
Arthur Thalasso ... Man in Street Scene (uncredited)
Loyal Underwood ... Angry Little Man in Street (uncredited)
Jessalyn Van Trump ... Woman in Street (uncredited)
John Williams ... Jazz Musician (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Large Husband on Boat (uncredited)
Tom Wood ... Man Used as Gangplank (uncredited)
Elsie Young ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
K. Zimmerman ... Man on Boat (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin  (as Charlie Chaplin)
Writing credits
Charles Chaplin (written by) (as Charlie Chaplin)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (as Charlie Chaplin)
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (1973) (as Charlie Chaplin)
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Production Design by
Charles D. Hall (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Reisner .... assistant director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
H. Wenger .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mother Vinot .... seamstress (uncredited)
Music Department
Eric Jones .... music associate (1973)
Eric Rogers .... conductor (1973)
Eric Rogers .... orchestrator (1973)
Transportation Department
Toraichi Kono .... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
Other crew
Nellie Bly Baker .... secretary: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
Elsie Codd .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Tom Harrington .... assistant: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Ford Story" - USA (alternative title)
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24 min (26.3 fps) | 18 min (18.9 fps) | USA:17 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (re-issue) | Silent
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (Ontario) | Germany:o.Al. | UK:U | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The house the family appears from is in reality Charles Chaplin's office.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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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Chaplin on his way out of the short comedy., 7 April 2007
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

I have heard that Chaplin rushed to produce A Day's Pleasure because the studio was demanding product while he was working on The Kid, but I have to disagree that it is a below-average comedy. It is a little different from the fare that we have come to expect from him in his short comedies, but I think this is as much a reflection of his desire to do something different as it is of the fact that he rushed through the production to satisfy the studio while he made another film, which he was more than likely more interested in.

It should be kept in mind that Chaplin had been involved in the production of nearly 100 short silent comedies by the time A Day's Pleasure came around, so I can forgive him a little distraction in it's production. If nothing else, I find the film to be particularly interesting, especially at the beginning, because the building that Chaplin and the family leave from at the opening of the film is Chaplin's office in Los Angeles, where I live. It's hard to mistake those mountains in the background!

One thing that I found to be interesting is that at one point in the opening sequence, a man walks into the frame in the background, and the trivia on the IMDb claims that he was most likely a studio employee, which seems like a preposterous notion, since the man not only walks right into the frame during shooting, but also pauses to see what's going on after he turns back. If he was a studio employee, it must have been his first day!

Also of some note is a rather disturbing portrayal of the black characters. Granted, 1919 was a very different time than now, but like Hitchcock's The Ring, which featured a sadly slave-like black man grinning gleefully as dirty, backwards-looking white people dunked him in a tub of water, A Day's Pleasure features a band of black musicians which doesn't say anything good about Chaplin's idea of black people (what is the meaning of "Three minds with but a single thought?").

While I agree that some of the material is a little different from many of Chaplin's other short films, the sequences here are certainly not without merit, particularly a hilarious bit with an uncooperative deck chair midway through the film. Some of the behavior of Chaplin and his other actors in the film is a little odd (at one point the family is on a crowded passenger ship on which everyone seems to be falling asleep on their feet in the middle of the day), but I should think that Chaplin made a graceful exit from the short silent comedy, if not an eventful one.

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