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100 Years of Movies in 100 Days – Day 5 – Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914)

Charllie Chaplin and Mabel Normand in "Tillie's Punctured Romance"

Charllie Chaplin and Mabel Normand in "Tillie's Punctured Romance"

It’s only been five days, but I’m already eager to get into the era where there’s actual dialogue between characters. But since I’m still over a decade away from that moment in cinematic history, I guess I’ll have to grin and bear it, much like the actors in Tillie’s Punctured Romance.

The bulk of this movie features Charlie Chaplin getting hit in the face with various objects and him stumbling around and bumping into things. His co-star, Marie Dressler, who plays the title role of Tillie, spends majority of the movie hip checking people and getting kicked in the ass. I guess that’s the extent of comedy when you have no dialogue flowing between characters.

For his credit though, Chaplin is a wonderfully nimble physical comedian. He plays the role of a crumbum (to borrow early 1900’s lexicon) who convinces the portly Tillie to elope with him in the big city. But when they arrive, he runs into, as the title card put it, “The Girl He Ran Away From,” and for whatever reason (dialogue would’ve helped immensly here), he immediately dumps Tillie, steals her money and runs off with the other girl, played by Mabel Normand. (Yes, the same Mabel Normand from yesterday’s Bangville Police.)

Tomorrow features another Chaplin movie, but I’d like to open it up to you. What’s your favorite Chaplin movie? I’m sticking with Modern Times, although Gold Rush and The Kid are not too far behind.

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