A Day's Pleasure

Early Chaplin still trying to figure out his move from Cruel and Unusual Comic to Sacrificial Tramp. Mostly shot in medium and long shot, which makes its cinematic appeal strictly vaudevillian. A sequence on a boat with a rocking camera to simulate the waves is a clever idea. It does contain one fantastic laugh out loud gag involving a man hole, which works because it depends on four or five differently timed objects colliding in the right way, and its probably funnier that Chaplin doesn't give us the close-up and enacts it as part of the everyday continuum making the shock of the laugh much funnier.