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Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)

Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)

Tillie's Punctured Romance




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This Keystone comedy, Charlie Chaplin's 33rd, is the first feature-length comedy ever made and contributed to making Chaplin and his co-star Marie Dressler major stars. Chaplin plays a con artist (not the Tramp) who talks Tillie, an innocent country lass, into taking her father's savings and running off to the city with him. Once there, he re-establishes his affair with the beautiful Mabel Normand, abandoning Tillie, who must begin working at a restaurant, while Charlie and Mabel spend her father's money for new clothes. Meanwhile, Tillie's millionaire uncle is reported to have died in a mountain-climbing accident. When the opportunistic Charlie learns that Tillie has just inherited three million dollars, he immediately rushes over to propose. She joyfully accepts, but is suspicious when she learns of her inheritance. Later, at a wedding gala at Tillie's new mansion where Normand has begun working as a maid, Charlie sneaks off for a little tete-a-tete with the latter. Trouble erupts when Dressler catches them smooching. Suddenly all the slapstick craziness for which director Mack Sennett is famous erupts as Tillie grabs a pistol and begins chasing Charlie and Mabel, firing randomly. Just as the wayward Charlie is to be strangled to death, the "late" uncle suddenly appears and ejects all the celebrants. Charlie and Mabel, chased by Tillie, race out of the ruined mansion to a pier where they are followed by the ubiquitous Keystone Kops whom the uncle has summoned. Tillie ends up in the drink, and when rescued after numerous attempts, she rejects Charlie while consoling Mabel, saying, "He ain't no good to neither of us," as the Kops drag Charlie away.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Hampton Del Ruth
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On DVD: Aug 24, 1999
Keystone Film Company

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Marie Dressler
as Tillie Banks
Charles Bennett
as Uncle Douglas Banks
Mack Swain
as John Banks, Tillie's...
Charlie Murray
as Detective
Chester Conklin
as Mr. Whoozis, Friend ...
Edgar Kennedy
as Restaurant Owner
Harry McCoy
as Pianist
Phyllis Allen
as Wardress
Al St. John
as Policeman
Joe Bordeaux
as Policeman
Alice Howell
as A Guest
Milton Berle
as A small child
Charley Chase
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for Tillie's Punctured Romance

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The picture runs a trifle too long, but the hilarious, hip-hurrah comedy finale is worth waiting for.

Full Review… | June 11, 2008
Top Critic

... it's very much a Keystone Komedy: the same simple visual style, the same pratfall gags, even the Keystone Kops pouring in for the finale...

Full Review… | November 4, 2010
Parallax View

The first feature-length comedy film, and one of the unfunniest films ever made.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Film Threat

The frame is always static but the agitation within keeps getting cranked up into combustion

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Particularly noteworthy as featuring early Chaplin tramp character, but not as funny as later Chaplin work.

November 3, 2007

Museum piece slapstick comedy with the Keystone Kops and Charlie Chaplin that spoofs a gold-digger.

Full Review… | March 20, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Tillie's Punctured Romance

Chaplin has some of the mannerisms and clothes of The Tramp, but there are important differences. He's a money hungry scoundrel. He and partner Mabel Normand as "The Other Girl" are grifters. She's an early example of a mean girl. She calls Marie Dressler an elephant. Dressler is Tillie, a simple country girl with a rich uncle. Dressler's costumes are positively clownish. Chaplin's city rogue flirts with her shamelessly. She's a bit of a klutz and let's loose with her own dance style when she gets drunk for the first time. There's some good slapstick and occasionally the facial contortions in this Mack Sennett flick may make you chuckle, but overall the way it is shot and the plot is not first-rate.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

If you want to believe everything Charlie Chaplin touched turned to gold, please avoid this film. The only reason I'm even giving this *two* stars is that it was released so early (1914) that the horrible, flat-footed direction deserves some leniency. Still, facts are facts: director Sennett just plops a camera in front of the stage and records a whole scene. All wide shots, no close-ups. And thus, very little emotional connection with the characters. Chaplin's virtuosic pratfalls are the only memorable feature. Note: The uninitiated should be aware that he is not in his "Little Tramp" guise, and instead plays a shabby con-man out to marry for money. No cane, no derby hat.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

This film is sadly dated, but the onscreen presence of Chaplin is amazingly charismatic. Interesting look for film buffs.

Mike T.

Super Reviewer

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