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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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Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Father (as Charlie Chaplin)
Edna Purviance ... Mother
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Storyline

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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"A DAY'S PLEASURE". You'll say so! See more »

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ford Story See more »

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Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (re-issue)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

At one point while Charlie Chaplin is stuck in the tar, he has lost his hat. He's still without a hat when the second policeman gets stuck in the tar, but after Chaplin steps out of his shoe and climbs over the two policemen, his hat has returned to the top of his head. See more »

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Solidly amusing with a couple of real good laughs
4 May 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

With a fun day ahead of them, a man, his wife and two young sons load up the car and prepare to head out. After some significant problems actually getting the car to go, they board the pleasure boat for an exhausting but fun voyage. And f course what fun family outing would be complete without traffic chaos to close it out? I've not actually watched that many Charlie Chaplin films you know. I can think of a handful off the top of my head that I saw a year or so ago but other than that not really and certainly I'm remiss in seeing some of his classic films. Fortunately an arts channel recently gave me a full afternoon to catch up, showing several classic film as well as some shorts – one of which was this. A Day's Pleasure takes a couple of situations to make for a family outing and produces some genuinely funny moments out of them. Sad to say that the film is not funnier but when I wasn't actually laughing (which was the majority) it was still amusing.

This is almost entirely down to Chaplin himself, who did everything but make the tea in this film according to the credits. Physically he has great comic movement and just the sight of him coming down the steps at the start warmed me. Not all the routines are that funny but all of them are well delivered by him, while the supporting cast of Wilson, Bergman and others all do well. The end result is an amusing short film that is consistently amusing with a few good laughs. Modern viewers not interested to begin with won't be won over but regardless it is amusing and has stood up well in terms of entertainment value.


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