Tillie Wakes Up

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Of Marie Dressler's many follow-ups to her box-office smash Tillie's Punctured Romance, Tillie Wakes Up is perhaps the best of the lot, thanks to a witty and perceptive script by Dressler's longtime friend Frances Marion. Neglected by her insensitive husband Henry (Frank Beamish), Tillie Tinklepaw (Dressler) takes the advice of a newspaper columnist and decides to go off on her own for a good time. Accompanied by her neighbor Mr. Pipkins (Johnny Hines), himself a hen-pecked husband, Tillie spends a thrill-packed afternoon at Coney Island (the real thing, not a studio mockup!) A nosey gossip and a brief brush with a gang of crooks adds spice to Tillie's day out, and by film's end she returns wearily home, where her now-attentive husband awaits. Though unstinting in its slapstick (at one point, a hung-over Tillie falls asleep on a peanut stand, which immediately collapses), Tillie Wakes Up also contains several poignant and heartbreaking moments, especially when the heroine tries to cope with her husband's casual cruelties.


Marie Dressler
as Tillie Tinklepaw
Rubye DeRemer
as Mrs. Luella Pipkins
Jack Brown
as Mr. Nosey
Frank Beamish
as Henry Tinklepaw
Johnny Hines
as Mr. Pipkins
Jack Brawn
as Mr. Nosey
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