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By the Sea (1915)

TV-G | | Short, Comedy | 29 April 1915 (USA)
It is windy at a bathing resort. After fighting with one of the two husbands, Charlie approaches Edna while the two husbands themselves fight over ice cream. Driven away by her husband, Charlie turns to the other's wife.

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Charles Chaplin, with his big feet performing their usual mirth-provoking perambulations, wanders down to the sea shore. There is some wind blowing, so Chaplin anchors his hat to his head with a cable. He meets a pedestrian whose hat is similarly attached. The two bump, their hats fly off and they scramble for them. When the hats finally are recovered, each has the wrong one. This causes considerable embarrassment when the two cables go taut as the two men separate. Anger soon takes the place of embarrassment when the cables become hopelessly entangled, and they battle all over the beach. After they have fought themselves weary, they shake hands and decide to have a drink. They get ice cream cones and each insists the other have the honor of paying for them. This is unsatisfactory to the drug clerk and another row starts. They smear each other with ice cream and incidentally bespatter a six-foot dandy, which precipitates still more trouble. While the battle is still in progress ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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too short, too simple and not too satisfying
6 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is the shortest Chaplin short I have ever watched. As a result, there is absolutely no time for the development of a story--something SUPER-important to good Chaplin films. In addition, this film is almost pure slapstick--with tons of pratfalls, slapping, hitting, etc. Because of this, the film has absolutely no depth or quality about it. It's just people getting hurt with little reason for this other than cheap laughs. So, I would NOT recommend this film to those who are not very familiar with Chaplin's work--they will get the wrong idea about him. They would incorrectly assume he wasn't that funny and his films were quickly slapped together. While this might be true of the very earliest films he made in 1914, by 1915 he was, aside from this film, doing better and more well-crafted work.


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