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||IMDB Rating: 5.0/10 from votes
||Release: 7 May 1914 (USA) /
||Genre: Comedy, Short
||Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain
||Synopsis: 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 <[email protected]>
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'A Busy Day' is proof of something I've often maintained: namely, that no
so-called 'lost' film should ever be considered truly lost unless it was
deliberately destroyed. 'A Busy Day' was unavailable for many decades, and
was generally assumed to be lost ... until an acetate-stock dupe print
(intended for home-movie exhibition) was discovered in 1970; the movie is
now widely available on video.
'A Busy Day' was made by Mack Sennett's Keystone studio, and even by that
studio's slapdash methods this was a cursory effort. It ran only about 5
minutes. Cinema projectionists' reels run about 10 minutes; to make up the
difference, Sennett purchased an educational film from an outside source
releasing the two unrelated subjects as a single 'split-reel'.
'A Busy Day' is also a good example of Keystone's guerrilla filmmaking
techniques. Sennett and his crews would often take advantage of some local
event, placing their actors (in costume) in front of this so as to co-opt
the event as background for the actors' slapstick antics. When a military
band performed its manoeuvres near Venice, California, the Keystone gang
ad-libbed this movie at the edge of the parade grounds ... using the
musicians as a backdrop.
This movie features Keystone's mushroom-faced comedian Mack Swain ... but
without the bushy moustache he usually wore in his 'Ambrose'
characterisation. Swain is teamed here with Charlie Chaplin, in the role
(wait for it) Swain's wife!
Cross-gender casting was fairly common in silent films ... usually
when a female character had to endure some rough stuff, so a male
was cast. In two other films ('The Masquerader' and 'A Woman'), Chaplin -
small, graceful actor with delicate features - played a man who dons
disguise: in both cases, he looked quite passable as a *beautiful* woman.
(On at least one occasion offscreen, Chaplin wore female disguise in
without being detected, so as to escape from some overly zealous fans.) In
'A Busy Day', for the only time in his screen career, Chaplin played a
biological woman ... so, it's intriguing that 'she' has no sex appeal at
all. This woman is a pantomime dame, like Widow Twanky or Monty Python's
pepperpot women. She shrieks, she leaps into the air, she blows her nose
her long skirt and beats her husband with an umbrella.
Because Chaplin stars in 'A Busy Day', it is often assumed that he also
directed this film. That is almost certainly incorrect. Chaplin's personal
archives in Vevey did not include a print of this film, indicating that he
did not care to own a copy ... and that he had probably participated in 'A
Busy Day' only as an actor for hire, rather than as scenarist or director.
Surviving records from Sennett's studio indicate that this film was
directed by George Nichols, a general factotum at Keystone whose best
talents were managerial.
There is some clever editing work in this movie, of a type that I call
'modular' filmmaking. Two different camera set-ups are used for a sequence
in which Chaplin's female character is tossed back and forth by two men.
two set-ups function as two separate modules, or even two separate movies
running simultaneously, with Chaplin tossed back and forth between them.
effect is amusing, but I suspect that it was born of necessity ... to make
two separate locations look as if they were geographically
I'll rate 'A Busy Day' 4 points out of 10. It's not especially funny, but
has some historical value as an early example of on-the-fly
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