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Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 21 December 1914 (USA)
A con man from the city dupes a wealthy country girl into marriage.

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Douglas Banks - Tillie's Millionaire Uncle / 1st Restaurant Proprietor
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Mr. Whoozis / Singing Waiter
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Storyline

Charlie talks wealthy farmer's daughter Tillie into eloping with him (and taking her father's money). In the city Tillie gets drunk and lands in jail while Charlie runs off with her money and his old girlfriend Mabel. Later Charlie reads that Tillie (now working as a waitress) has inherited the estate of her multi-millionaire uncle. Charlie dumps Mabel and talks Tillie into moving into her uncle's villa, and Mabel arranges to become a housemaid there. The uncle (never really dead) returns and summons the police to have them all thrown out. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Film Production That Is Breaking All Records See more »

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Comedy

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Release Date:

21 December 1914 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

For the Love of Tillie  »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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| (2003 restoration)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although Marie Dressler plays a character named Tillie in Tillie's Tomato Surprise (1915) and Tillie Wakes Up (1917), they are not strictly sequels to this film. See more »

Goofs

When they are pulling Tillie out of the water with the rope, the rope in the close-ups is dragging directly over the edge of the wharf, but in the medium shots from another viewpoint, the rope is clearly being run through a block pulley system on a spar suspended over the water. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: Mabel Has A Plan
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Connections

Featured in The Movies March On (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

New Orleans Bump
(used as a music insert in later public domain sound copies)
Written and performed by Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton
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Some Silents Don't Age Well
4 August 2008 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Marie Dressler and Director Mack Sennett on the same set should be hard to beat, right? Well, yes and no. I would have to agree with the majority of writers that the film is important as the first feature length comedy, and for the exceptional talent associated with it. But the slapstick and sight gags become tiresome in a hurry - today's audiences are too sophisticated (or think they are) for pratfalls, a kick in the pants, etc., and so the film does not wear well.To really appreciate it we would have to have been in the audience when it was current. Time marches on, and some pictures get trampled in the march. I gave it a '6' solely on its historical value.

By the way, too many writers include a story synopsis with their comments - but why? If there's one in place, why repeat?


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