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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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Mack Sennett, Charles Bennett (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marie Dressler ... Tillie
Charles Chaplin ... The City Slicker
Mabel Normand ... Mabel
Mack Swain ... Tillie's Father
Charles Bennett Charles Bennett ... Douglas Banks - Tillie's Millionaire Uncle / 1st Restaurant Proprietor
Chester Conklin ... 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 WORLD'S OUTSTANDING COMEDIANS IN THE FUNNIEST COMEDY OF ALL TIME See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For the Love of Tillie See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Runtime:

| (2003 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Feature-length film debut of Charles Chaplin. See more »

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The police put Tillie in "the tank" with a group of men. In real life, she would have been placed in a separate "tank" for her protection. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: Mabel Has A Plan
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Alternate Versions

Re-released in the 1950s with a organ score and narration. The narration, though, was being read while the title cards were seen. See more »

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New Orleans Bump
(used as a music insert in later public domain sound copies)
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Some Silents Don't Age Well
4 August 2008 | by GManfredSee 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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