A Day's Pleasure (1919) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Day's Pleasure (1919)





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This Charlie Chaplin film begins with Charlie, Edna and their two boys leaving their house for a day's outing. The family piles into the family flivver, and after Charlie's amusing efforts to keep the engine running, they arrive at a dock and board a crowded day cruiser.


Jackie Coogan
as Smallest Boy
Henry Bergman
as Captain/Man in Car
Babe London
as Seasick Wife
Tom Wilson
as Large Husband
Loyal Underwood
as Angry Little Man in Street
Albert Austin
as Trombonist
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Critic Reviews for A Day's Pleasure

All Critics (1)

The film lacked Charlie's usual social commentary and relied totally on sight gags, which never registered as funny.

December 5, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Day's Pleasure


A very short (17 minutes) two-reel comedy that relies solely on sight gags and not up to the usual standard of Chaplin's other shorts and features. While there are some humorous bits such as walking over the lady onto the boat, most of the gags fail to impress. While this is nowhere near a "bad film" it certainly isn't Chaplin's best and far from his masterpieces, which were many. The film lacked a social commentary or any other deeper meaning in it's story and that made it rely solely on it's sight gags. All in all, I'll take and definitely appreciate viewing and acquiring any and all of Chaplin's works and this is no different but it's not one of his best.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer


The Little Tramp as a family man? It just doesn't seem right. Charlie takes his wife and two kids for an afternoon scenic cruise around the bay. Most of the time is spent on a rickety car, seasickness and a hard-to-assemble deck chair, plus there's a funny closing sequence involving sticky, spilled tar. A rather half-hearted effort. Note: I was surprised to see someone called a "stupid ass" in this film from a more innocent time.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

An early Chaplin short that showcased the Tramp not as a bum with a heart of gold but as a normal middle-class man who only wanted his family to have "A Day's Pleasure". The climactic "tar" sequence was hilarious and masterfully choreographed.

Ivan Descartin
Ivan Descartin

Super Reviewer

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