in about 100 words or less
US 14m, B&W, Silent
Director: Charlie Chaplin; Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Margie Reiger, Bud Jamison, Edna Purviance, Paddy McGuire
By the Sea is a slapstick comedy filmed at a windy seaside resort in which Chaplin gets mixed up with two women and their husbands in a series of comedic gags. The most inventive of these involve his hat and cane which he uses to get closer to, and flirt with, a woman sitting on a park bench. Of course there are also numerous kicks in the pants and falling down brawls which necessitate bringing in the police, all of which are pretty standard fare in most early comedies (Klaus Ming March 2016).