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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.


Mack Sennett, Charles Bennett (uncredited)

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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


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) See more »

Also Known As:

For the Love of Tillie See more »


Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)
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Keystone Film Company See more »
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| (2003 restoration)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 six years old at the time, Griffith would have been seven. The newsboy appears to be somewhat older, so most likely is neither of them. Biography: Milton Berle: Mr. Television showed a clip with Chaplin and a young boy claiming that the youngster is Berle. The end credits of the UCLA restoration confirm that Berle was NOT in the film. See more »


Tillie fires 19 rounds from her 6-chamber revolver at the party without reloading once. See more »


Title Card: Her hitherto untouched girlish heart throbs in answer to the call of love.
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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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Only So Much Pure Slapstick You Can Take
9 November 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For today's audience there are two things that are striking about Tillie's Punctured Romance. The first is that Charlie Chaplin does not get first billing here. He was not yet the star he would become, he was just another of Mack Sennett's comedy stars. He does not play the tramp character yet though there are some tramp like aspects in who he does play.

The second is that this is a chance to see Marie Dressler a whole lot earlier in her career than we know her from sound films. Marie was a very big vaudeville star and her character her was a whole lot like her act on stage. The homely big boned girl who seems to be born a total klutz.

There's not really much to the outrageous plot of this 83 minutes of unadulterated slapstick. It seems like every other minute someone was either tripping or being kicked in the derrière. That was the way it was with Mack Sennett comedies.

Chaplin plays a city slicker who takes Marie off the farm and to the big city. But when he gets there his eye roves towards Mabel Normand. Mabel back in the day was a full figured girl herself and a bit more attractive than Marie.

But when news of her rich uncle falling off Mount Baldy makes her an heiress, Charlie finds his passion for Marie and her money rekindling. Kind of leaves Mabel the odd girl out. And in the climax the Keystone Kops are called in after a brawl develops at a society party that Marie is throwing to introduce herself to society.

Tillie's Punctured Romance could have told the story in half the screen time it takes. There's only so much pure slapstick you can take at one time. Still it's not a bad film and it does display the talents of Chaplin, Dressler, and Normand and a host of other comedy names from the Mack Sennett studio.

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