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Tillie Banks (Marie Dressler), a beautiful heiress, falls prey to a charming crook named Charlie (Charles Chaplin) who lures her to the city and then promptly swindles her. But when Charlie returns to apologize, asking for her hand in marriage, a surprised Tillie cautiously accepts his proposal. As wedding preparations begin, Tillie wonders about Charlie's intentions -- particularly after she receives news that her rich uncle Donald (Charles Bennett) has died mysteriously.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Chaplin
The City Guy
Mack Swain
Tillie's Father
Mabel Normand
The Other Girl
Charles Bennett
Tillie's Millionaire Uncle
Edgar Kennedy
Restaurant Owner, Banks' Butler
Charlie Chase
Detective in Movie Theatre
Charles Murray
Detective in `'A Thief's Fate'`
Mack Sennett
Director
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Critic Reviews for Tillie's Punctured Romance

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Tillie's Punctured Romance

  • Sep 24, 2016
    Albeit old fashioned and laced with slapsticks, it was the first full length comedy film. Although a significant feature in the history of cinema, the humour was outdated. You can only see someone slipping, spilling and falling for so long.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2016
    This is an example of a movie that has historical significance, but whose content is so dated that it's tough to sit through. I'm not saying the movie's humor is lowbrow, but if you drank a shot every time someone was kicked in the butt or slapped in the face, you'd be drunk pretty quickly. Charlie Chaplin has an endearing way of moving his body, and his comedic antics are occasionally amusing even in the role of the 'bad guy', but I was much less enchanted by Marie Dressler. There's also not a lot to recommend in the plot, and it ends up feeling like silly slapstick drawn out to 82 minutes. D.W. Griffith had directed the highly controversial epic 'Birth of a Nation', and Mack Sennett was trying to match him by creating the first "feature length" comedy film - but long does not necessarily mean good.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2009
    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.
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