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A Busy Day (1914)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 7 May 1914 (USA)
A jealous wife is chasing her unfaithful husband during a parade, after he starts to flirt with a pretty woman.

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Mack Sennett
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Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... The Wife
Mack Swain ... The Husband
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Storyline

Charlie plays a woman, jealous over her husband's interest in another woman. She gets in the way of a cameraman, knocks over a director and a policeman, and gets thrown into a crowd of spectators at a military parade. She attacks her husband and his new flame. The husband throws her off the pier into the harbor. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Busy as Can Be See more »

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Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Chaplin's first appearance on film dressed as a woman. He would later play women in two subsequent films, The Masquerader (1914) and A Woman (1915). See more »

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Featured in Chaplin's Goliath (1996) See more »

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4 Early Chaplin
8 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

A Busy Day (1914)

** (out of 4)

Chaplin plays a woman(!) who gets tired of her husbands and decides to fight with him in public. This here really doesn't have a single funny moment but it's still interesting to see Chaplin playing a woman.

Caught in a Cabaret (1914)

*** (out of 4)

Chaplin is mistaken as a Greek Ambassador and must keep a girl's family from finding out. This one here is a real riot with some wonderfully funny fight scenes but the real highlights are the title cards, which feature some very funny one-liners. Also of note is that this storyline would play a big part in future Chaplin films.

Fatal Mallet, The (1914)

*** (out of 4)

Chaplin, along with two other guys, fights for the affection of a woman. Instead of using their fist the guys instead throw bricks at one another. This is a very funny film that has some outrageous violence that makes for a good time.

Knockout, The (1914)

*** (out of 4)

To show off his braveness, Fatty Arbuckle challenged a professional boxer to a fight. Fatty is funny as usually and like the above film, this one here gets the laughs from violence ranging from punches to items being thrown. Chaplin has a small but funny cameo as the referee.


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