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Tillie's Punctured Romance

Released Nov 14, 1914 1h 13m Comedy List
90% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 42% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
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. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Mary B. Leffler Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com Charles Chaplin, the comedian, plays opposite [Marie Dressler]. In aposition with the great legitimate comedian, the screen player suffers not a whit by comparison. The two constitute a fine team of funmakers. Apr 16, 2021 Full Review Variety Staff Variety The picture runs a trifle too long, but the hilarious, hip-hurrah comedy finale is worth waiting for. Jun 11, 2008 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins It's the first feature Chaplin would appear in and it would also mark the last time he would be directed by someone other than himself. Rated: 7/10 Jul 30, 2020 Full Review George Blaisdell Moving Picture World The picture is finely staged. The interiors of the mansion wherein Tillie and her husband entertain society are elaborate and luxurious. Jul 29, 2020 Full Review Charles R. Condon Motography It marks an epoch in this most popular department of photoplay. It is the Cabiria of comedy. Genuine humor is the dominating note in every scene, and its effect on the spectator ranges from giggles and snickers to paroxysms of laughter. Jul 28, 2020 Full Review Sean Axmaker Parallax View ... 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... Nov 4, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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david l Tillie's Punctured Romance is the world's first feature comedy and it holds up so well and is very underrated. The story and scenario are so well played for laughs and the ending is glorious in its action spectacle and with such a wonderful final scene. Its female characters are admirable for its time and seeing Chaplin in the villainous role was quite interesting. The dynamic between the actors is great and Marie Dressler excelled in portraying this memorable, funny protagonist. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Boring. I did not watch the whole movie Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Pretty funny for the first ever full length comedy ever made in 1914 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Not nearly as funny or as good as any of the stars' later works. An important part of film history in the sense it was the first feature length comedy, but I'm glad the genre evolved. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis 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.
Director
Mack Sennett
Production Co
Keystone Pictures
Genre
Comedy
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 14, 1914, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 16, 2020
Runtime
1h 13m