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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 »

Genres:

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2003 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

The movie theater scene cuts back-and-forth from Charlie's torso facing Mable with his left elbow resting on the back of his seat to Charlie seated with his torso facing the screen. See more »

Quotes

Police Chief: Have you a niece built like a battleship who calls herself Tillie?
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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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Chaplin's early effort
22 February 2006 | by Petri PelkonenSee all my reviews

Charles Chaplin plays The City Guy, who sees his opportunity to get rich when he meets a big-sized girl named Tillie Banks (Marie Dressler).He wants to elope with her so he could have the fortune of her father (Mack Swain).Mabel Normand plays The Other Girl, beautiful and villainous.Mack Sennett's Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) was the first feature-length comedy.It was made in the time when Chaplin was just a new-comer in the field of comedy and was only looking for his style.Nevertheless this is a good comedy, even though it's not near Chaplin's best stuff.Other actors aren't left in Chaplin's shadow.That goes especially for Marie Dressler.She's truly funny in this movie.This movie has some great moments.For the silent movie fans this is a little treat.


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