Grade B slapstick follow-up to successful "Punctured Romance"
Marie Dressler's considerable acting and comedic talents were not truly realized until the talkies, but here in her third film, she again uses the character of Tillie, which she originated onstage in TILLIE'S PUNCTURED ROMANCE and made her first film (incidentally, the first feature film comedy). Tillie is a comic caricature - quick to innocence, quick to anger. Here she is unhappily married to a business man who flirts with his young upstairs neighbor, a woman who henpecks her husband (Johnny Hines). Johnny decides to end it all but first he will have a last fling. Tillie decides to make her husband jealous by finding a "Romeo." It's all an excuse for Hines and Dressler to go to Coney Island and take advantage of all of the rides, before the forsaken husband and wife come to find them and ask forgiveness. Total nonsense!!!!
The slapstick is practically non-stop. Dressler does her first-time drunk bit as she did in PUNCTURED ROMANCE and the pratfalls are many. Hines' character never gels and Dressler does nothing more than mug outrageously and keep falling down. Her agility considering her age and weight were a constant surprise.
This is a Grade B minor comedy that isn't even particularly funny unless you love pure slapstick for its own sake.
Dressler fans - you won't be amused much.
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