in about 100 words or less
US 6m, B&W, Silent
Director: Mack Sennett; Cast: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Phyllis Allen, Mack Sennett, Billy Gilbert
An unusual role for Chaplin, we see him playing the jealous wife of a husband who takes a fancy to another woman during a parade. Looking to track down her hubby, the wife is sidetracked by a motion picture camera which is covering the event. In resisting the director’s instructions to move out of his shot, the shoving, slapping and kicking begin. An odd little film within a film, A Busy Day is notable as an early and amusing Chaplin film in which he does not appear as the Tramp (Klaus Ming April 2016).