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Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Release Date:

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

This film marked the last time that Charles Chaplin would be directed by someone other than himself. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: American History X-cellent (2010) 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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Overlong initial comedy feature - pure slapstick

It is difficult to sit through 72 minutes of non-stop slapstick - a little goes a long way - this plot is dumb and the script is full of holes - ex. a paper is delivered, after which an event occurs, and when the person reads the paper, minutes later, the event is headlined.

Constant mugging, hitting, kicking, pratfalls - it becomes most unfunny after about fifteen minutes. Dressler is outrageous with her mugging but continues to amaze at her agility considering her age and weight. Her initial playing of a shy violet - IS quite amusing, I admit.

Preservation of this film is due to the presence of four great clowns - Dressler, Chaplin, Sennett and Normand - and the fact that it was the first comedy feature ever made. However, it's pretty poor as film.

Camera work and editing are jerky and primitive. The kind of film that gives silents a bad name- contrasting this mediocrity with what Keaton would deliver a few years later is a revelation.


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