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Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)

 -  Comedy  -  21 December 1914 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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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21 December 1914 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

For the Love of Tillie  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)

Gross:

ESP 1,199,448 (Spain)
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Trivia

Milton Berle claimed to have played the bit part of the newsboy who gets slapped in the face and kicked by Charles Chaplin. He later confronted Chaplin about having played the role, but Chaplin (nor anyone else, it seems) could not recall for certain whether or not it was indeed Berle. Most researchers believe the role to have been played by Gordon Griffith, Keystone's house child actor. However, there are still others who claim that the boy does not resemble Griffith, and could therefore possibly be Berle. There really is no definitive way of obtaining an answer unless some sort of original studio records turn up, so in the meantime this can be considered speculation at best. Berle would have been 6 years old at the time, Griffith would have been 7. The newsboy appears to be somewhat older, so most likely is neither of them. The TV series "Biography" showed a clip with Chaplin and a young boy claiming that the youngster is Berle in the segment "Milton Berle: Mr. Television." 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

Police Chief: Have you a niece built like a battleship who calls herself Tillie?
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Featured in The Movies March On (1939) See more »

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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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Slapstick...nothing like it!
17 November 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

As the first feature-length comedy, "'Tillie" is full of humor, entertainment, and charm. Charlie Chaplin, who would later become one of the great film gen1uses of the 20th century, protrays the character of the city crook so well and crafty. As the film goes on, it just gets funnier and funnier. People fall, get smacked around, and dance wildly. Yes...I've noticed that the existing prints aren't the most crisp from these years, but "Tillie's Punctured Romance" shines from the days when talkies were unheard of. One of my personal favorite movies, and, in my opinion, Chaplin's most outstanding performance. Trust me, if you have an appreciation for the films of the silent era, you'll laugh every second at this lovable comedy. Remember...this is back in the day when stunt performers weren't used, to an extent at least, and the real actors put forth the effort and took the pain of falling, getting hit, and being thrown into the ocean...just for the sake of making people laugh.


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