Tillie's Punctured Romance | Chicago Reader

Tillie's Punctured Romance

Made by Mack Sennett's Keystone studio in 1914 and directed by Sennett, this is generally believed to be the first feature-length comedy, but that's about its only distinction. It stars Mable Normand, Marie Dressler, and a nearly unrecognizable Charles Chaplin, still playing the roue character that preceded the Tramp. The characters are inconsistent, the pace uneven, and the slapstick clumsy. The original running time was 72 minutes, though a 2003 restoration clocks in at 82.

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