Tillie's Punctured Romance

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One of the funniest and most popular films of the silent era. Charlie Chaplin, Marie Dressler and Mabel Norman star in Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance" (72 min.), featuring all the frenzied action and burlesque style humor that made Sennett Hollywood's first great comic director, and Chaplin its greatest star. Also included is another of Keystone's best comedies, "Mabel's Married Life" (14 min.), starring Chaplin and Norman.

Starring:
Marie Dressler, Charles Chaplin
Runtime:
1 hour 12 minutes

Tillie's Punctured Romance

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Mack Sennett, Charles Bennett
Starring Marie Dressler, Charles Chaplin
Supporting actors Mabel Normand, Mack Swain, Charles Bennett, Chester Conklin, Dan Albert, Phyllis Allen, Billie Bennett, Helen Carruthers, Glen Cavender, Charley Chase, Dixie Chene, Nick Cogley, Alice Davenport, Hampton Del Ruth, Frank Dolan, Minta Durfee, Ted Edwards, Edwin Frazee
Studio Egami Media
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Customer Reviews

Avoid at all cost,This is one of the worst collections I have ever seen.
James Horvath
So, no, it's not a film you'll most likely want to own and watch again and again, unless you're simply enamored by anything and everything Chaplin has done.
brian komyathy
Sure,the sound is very,very annoying,but the picture quality is suprisingly good.
John

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Stenhouse on October 25, 2001
Format: DVD
This is a LaserLight product, and they don't care. They don't care about silent movies, or they wouldn't have put out three short comedies that run too fast. Correcting the film speed is one of the most basic remastering processes, but they couldn't be bothered.
The main feature is an old (1950's graphics) repackaging effort, with the same ham-fisted and intrusive sound effects as used in the short comedies. On top of that there is a (gasp of horror)...
a NARRATOR! He is from the 1950's,too. His endless pointing out of every action in the movie is an insult to my intelligence.
The LaserLight people obviously couldn't be bothered to remaster this film or record a new sound track.
The LaserLight people also don't care about their customers. On the back cover of the DVD box they say this, "Digitally mastered from the best available sources, with a newly recorded music score for the highest quality possible".
Fortunately, higher quality versions of these works are not only possible, but they already exist - so you don't need to buy this sloth-ridden turkey (now there's an image!).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel H. Hawkins on May 9, 2002
Format: DVD
The reviews on this page seem to be referring to two or three different editions of "Tillie's Punctured Romance." So let me start by saying that I'm reviewing the Image DVD version (which also contains the one-reeler "Mabel's Married Life" as a bonus feature) and not the Chaplin marathon which seems to be the recipient of the bad reviews here.
"Tillie's Punctured Romance" is an important film for a couple of reasons. It was the very first feature length comedy, providing film comedy an alternative to one- and two-reel shorts. It was also the last film with Charles Chaplin as merely an actor; he began directing all of his films after this.
In addition to its importance, "Tillie's Punctured Romance" is still enjoyable to watch. The print on this DVD is a little rough in places, a few times switching from what appears to be a nice 35mm print to a seemingly worn out 16mm print and then back again within the same scene. But overall, this is a quality presentation of the film when you consider the fact that it was made in 1914.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pollock on December 26, 2002
Format: DVD
First of all, this review is for the Laserlight dvd "Charlie Chaplin Marathon", which has different content from other dvds that this review may appear on.
What we have is is three readily available Chaplin short films, and the feature "Tillie's Punctured Romance".
The three short films, "The Immigrant", "The Rink", and "The Vagabond", are three of Chaplin's best from the Mutual Films period, 1916-1917. In this edition, the films are presented in copies from the Blackhawk collection, with the 1930's era Van Buren soundtracks added on. The picture quality is surprisingly good for a budget dvd, the soundtracks are as horrible as they have always been, and the films are not as restored as the copies on the Image "Chaplin Mutual Films" collection. This makes the dvd not a bad starting place for the Chaplin novice.
However, the copy of "Tillie's Punctured Romance" is a horror, a very bad print, missing many shots and scenes, with a narrator droning endlessly on to try and make sense of this choppy film. It is an abomination, and it saddens me to think that people might be buying this instead of the Image dvd of the film. The Image dvd is fully restored, and looks and sounds a good as possible.
The verdict - this disc may pass for someone who isn't that interested in Chaplin, but it is not for the discerning fan. There are many discs to recommend instead of it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Horvath on April 2, 2000
Format: DVD
Avoid at all cost,This is one of the worst collections I have ever seen.It has lame music and annoying sound effects.Save your money and buy one of the Mutuals or Essanay collections
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jijnasu Forever VINE VOICE on July 26, 2001
Format: DVD
A pretty decent collection and includes the first full-length feature, hence historically important. However, the sound quality is one of the worst possible on a DVD..and is sometimes annoying..though the picture quality is reasonable for the price. Not a bad piece for a collection, if the Image and Mutual Versions is out-of-bounds for your wallet. If you are expecting a "real" DVD-like quality, you will be disappointed. Though, that is the result of the source itself.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By brian komyathy VINE VOICE on October 17, 2004
Format: DVD
This 1914 film is considered the first feature-lenth comedy ever made and, as such, is worth viewing just for that. The film on its merits, however, is less interesting. Sure, this is slapstick, but I personally found the Tillie character to be quite ridiculous; ridiulous, moreover, without being particularly amusing. She's made up to look like---and seemingly acts like---a guy in drag pledging a fraternity. Marie Dressler, then 45 years-old, playing such a supposedly youthful character as "Tillie", to boot, is less comical than it is distracting. If you are going to take the time to see this film, in other words, you ought be doing so simply to see a historically significant film. So, no, it's not a film you'll most likely want to own and watch again and again, unless you're simply enamored by anything and everything Chaplin has done. If you haven't seen anything by Chaplin don't start here! And if you are a discerning Chaplin fan you'd be better served (if you care to be amused) by sampling some of his much greater efforts. For the curious, I offer a brief synopsis of Tillie's Punctured Romance: "What's this he's got---one of Ringling's elephants?" So remarks Mabel Normand's character (so to speak, in this silent film) as she spies Chaplin's 'City Guy' arm in arm with "Built like a battleship" Tillie. Tillie has "got a bankroll as thick as herself", Chaplin's character later explains to Normand, his old partner in crime. Then once successful in lifting said cash from Tillie, Chaplin flees with Normand. Upon hearing of Tillie's apparent inheritance of 3 million dollars soon after, however, he returns to her and begs Tillie to marry him ASAP.Read more ›
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