A Day's Pleasure

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A Day's Pleasure
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Theatrical poster to A Day's Pleasure
Directed by Charles Chaplin
Produced by Charles Chaplin
Written by Charles Chaplin
Starring Charles Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Marion Feducha
Bob Kelly
Jackie Coogan
Tom Wilson
Babe London
Henry Bergman
Loyal Underwood
Music by Charles Chaplin (in 1959 re-release as part of The Chaplin Revue)
Cinematography Roland Totheroh
Edited by Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Production
company
Distributed by First National Pictures Inc.
Release dates
  • December 15, 1919 (1919-12-15)
Running time 25 min. / 18 min.
Country United States
Language Silent film
English (Original intertitles)

A Day's Pleasure (1919) is Charlie Chaplin's fourth film for First National Films. It was created at the Chaplin Studio. It was a quickly made two-reeler to help fill a gap while working on his first feature The Kid. It is about a day outing with his wife and the kids and things don't go smoothly. Edna Purviance plays Chaplin's wife and Jackie Coogan one of the kids. The first scene shows the Chaplin Studio corner office in the background while Chaplin tries to get his car started.

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A Day's Pleasure is almost universally regarded as Chaplin's least impressive First National film. Even contemporary critics were muted in their enthusiasm, as evidenced by this mixed review from the December 8, 1919 New York Times:

"Charlie Chaplin is screamingly funny in his latest picture, A Day's Pleasure, at the Strand, when he tries in vain to solve the mysteries of a collapsible deck chair. He is also funny in many little bits of pantomime and burlesque, in which he is inimitable. But most of the time he depends for comedy upon seasickness, a Ford car, and biff-bang slap-stick, with which he is little, if any, funnier than many other screen comedians."[1]

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