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  Charles Chaplin and Marie Dressler (center).
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Tillie’s Punctured Romance
Also known as Le roman comique de Charlot et de Lolotte in France : [Tillie’s Nightmare], [For the Love of Tillie], [Marie’s Millions], [Tillie’s Big Romance]
(1914) American
B&W : Six reels
Directed by Mack Sennett

Cast: Marie Dressler [Tillie Banks, the country girl], Charles Chaplin [the stranger from the city], Mabel Normand [the other woman, his accomplice], Mack Swain [John Banks, Tillie’s father], Charles Bennett [Donald / Douglas Banks, Tillie’s uncle]; Chester Conklin [Mr. Whoozis; and restaurant waiter]; Charles Parrott (Charley Chase) [the movie patron detective], Minta Durfee [the other woman in the movie], Charles Murray [the detective in the movie], Edgar Kennedy [the café manager], Al St. John [Banks’ servant], Gordon Griffith [the newspaper boy], Harry McCoy [the restaurant pianist], George Summerville (Slim Summerville) [a policeman], Edward Sutherland (Eddie Sutherland) [a policeman], Hank Mann [a policeman], Teddy the dog [Tillie’s dog], Phyllis Allen, Billie Bennett, Joe Bordeaux (Joe Bordeau), Alice Davenport, Alice Howell, G.G. Ligon, Wallace MacDonald

The Keystone Film Company production; distributed on State Rights basis by Alco Film Corporation. / Produced by Mack Sennett. Scenario by Hampton Del Ruth, from the musical play Tillie’s Nightmare with book and lyrics by Edgar Smith and music by A. Baldwin Sloane. / © 4 December 1914 by The Keystone Film Company [LU4875]. © 23 March 1915 by Christie Film Company [LP24669]. Released 21 December 1914. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Working title: Dressler No. 1. [?] Completed or shipped? on 25 July 1914. Keystone’s first and only feature film. The film was rereleased in the USA by Tower Film Corporation. Despite some attributions in favor of this film, the first American feature-length comedy was likely The Battle of Gettysgoat (1914).


Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.4487.

Survival status: Prints exist in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive]; in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive (Stanford Theatre Foundation collection) [35mm preservation negative (complete 2004), 35mm preservation positive (struck 2004)]; and in the film holdings of Film Preservation Associates [16mm reduction positive, 8mm reduction positive].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Alcohol: Drunkeness, Intoxication - Benches - Butlers - Inheritances - Jails - Maids - Millionaires - Money - Newsboys - Newspapers - Parks - Police: Keystone Kops, Policemen - Restaurants: Waitresses - Theaters (Motion picture): Audiences - Water

Listing updated: 12 April 2015.

References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F1 n. F1.4487; Bardèche-History pp. 85, 118; Bogdanovich-Dwan p. 82; Bohn-Light pp. xix, 69, 99; Dardis-Keaton p. 96; Edmonds-Arbuckle p. 61; Everson-American pp. 21, 156, 262, 369; Fell-History pp. 97, 98-99; Fussell-Normand p. 259; Jacobs-Chaplin pp. 18c, 32, 62, 135; Kerr-Silent pp. 70, 74, 161; Lahue-Collecting pp. 50, 61; Lahue-Gentlemen p. 118; Lahue-Kops pp. 66-72, 93, 94, 150; Lahue-Mack p. 296; Lahue-World pp. 34, 79, 148; Lee-Not p. 57; Leish-Cinema p. 30; Limbacher-Feature p. 252; Louvish-Keystone p. 323; Maltin-Guide p. 1307; McGhee-Wayne p. 118; Schelly-Langdon p. 56; Shipman-Cinema p. 54; Sinyard-Silent p. 43; Skretvedt-LaurelHardy pp. 104, 438; Slide-Aspects pp. 7, 13; Slide-Early p. 18; Tarbox-Lost pp. 222, 241, 279 : ClasIm-204 p. 3 : Website-NFPF.

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