His Favourite Pastime

His Favourite Pastime is a 1914 American comedy film starring Charlie Chaplin.

His Favourite Pastime
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Directed byGeorge Nichols
Produced byMack Sennett
Written byCraig Hutchinson
StarringCharles Chaplin
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Viola Barry
CinematographyFrank D. Williams
Distributed byKeystone Studios
Release date
March 16, 1914 (1914-03-16)
Running time
16 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Charlie gets drunk in the bar. He steps outside, meets a pretty woman, tries to flirt with her, only to retreat after the woman's father returns. Returning to the bar, Charlie drinks some more and engages in rogue behaviors with others. He finally leaves the bar, sees the woman leaving, follows the woman home, and proceeds to make a nuisance of himself, eventually getting kicked out of the house.


Although Chaplin had only been making comedies for Mack Sennett's Keystone Studio for less than two months when this film was released in March 1914, a reviewer from Moving Picture World recognized Chaplin's merry-making talents. He wrote, "The comedian, whose favorite pastime is drinking cocktails, is clever. In fact, [he is] the best one Mack Sennett has ever sprung on the public. He is a new one and deserves mention."

Motion Picture news was also full of praise for His Favorite Pastime. Its reviewer wrote, "If there is an audience any where that does not roar when they see this comedy, they cannot be in full possession of their wits. It is absolutely the funniest thing the Keystone Company has ever put out, and this is not written by a press agent. Mr. Chaplin has introduced a number of funny actions that are original to the American stage."


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