Tillie's Punctured Romance (November 14, 1914)

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Tillie's Punctured Romance
 

Released on November 14, 1914: Charlie Chaplin woos homely country girl Tillie when he discovers that her father has a lot of money, but his girlfriend gets very jealous and may ruin the plan.

Produced by Mack Sennett

Directed by Mack Sennett

The Actors: Marie Dressler (Tillie), Charles Chaplin (the city stranger), Mabel Normand (Mabel), Milton Berle (newsboy, his first motion picture appearance), Mack Swain (Tillie's father), Charles Bennett (Douglas Banks - Tillie's Millionaire Uncle and the first restaurant proprietor), Charles Conklin (Mr. Whoozis the singing waiter), Dan Albert (party guest and cop), Phyllis Allen (prison matron, restaurant patron and party guest), Billie Bennett (maid and party guest), Helen Carruthers (maid and waitress), Glen Cavender (First Pianist in Restaurant, Cop, Guest in First Restaurant, Uncle's Rescuer, Society Guest), Charley Chase (detective in movie theater), Dixie Chene (party guest), Nick Cogley (Police Chief), Alice Davenport (party guest), Hampton Del Ruth (tall bank secretary searching for Tillie), Frank Dolan (movie spectator and party guest), Minta Durfee (crook's girlfriend in the motion picture), Ted Edwards (waiter in first restaurant and a cop), Edwin Frazee (movie spectator, cop and party guest), Billy Gilbert (policeman), William Hauber (servant and cop), Fred Hibbard (tall servant), Alice Howell (party guest and back room diner), Edgar Kennedy (second restaurant owner and Banks' butler), Robert P. Kerr (cop), Grover Ligon (cop and party guest), Wallace MacDonald (cop), Hank Mann (cop and waiter in movie), Enid Markey (country girl in the movie), Gene Marsh (maid and waitress), Harry McCoy (Singer in First Restaurant, Pianist in First Restaurant, Guest in First Restaurant, Prisoner, Movie Theatre Pianist, Wigged Servant, Guest in Second Restaurant, Society Guest, Guest Imitating Ford Sterling), Rube Miller (Tillie's visitor), Charles Murray (detective in the movie), Eva Nelson (disgusted guest in second restaurant), Edward Nolan (restraurant dancer, cop, mountain innkeeper and party guest), Frank Opperman (Reverend D. Simpson, guest in first restaurant, station cop and movie spectator), Hugh Saxon (shorter Banks secretary searching for Tillie), Fritz Schade (waiter in first restaurant, station cop, prisoner, guest in second restaurant and kitchen worker in second restaurant), Richard Smith (restaurant patron), Al St. John (water cop), Slim Summerville (cop and guest in restaurant), Morgan Wallace (thief in the movie)

 

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Charlie Chaplin, Milton Berle and Geoff Lipton

One day a classic movie fan from Melbourne, Australia wrote to me and mentioned that he had met and worked with many of the Hollywood stars in these movies. Geoff Lipton had a business that created and sold statues and lamps in the shape of the most popular movie stars of the day, like Alan Ladd, Bob Hope, Groucho Marx and more. One of the stars that Geoff met and created fan items for was Milton Berle. You can see a photo of Geoff and Milton Berle on Geoff’s Star Story page. Geoff mentioned in one of his notes that he would really love to watch a movie that Milton Berle spoke of often, citing it as his first appearance before a movie camera. Milton Berle was five years old when he got a few seconds in front of the camera in a Charlie Chaplin silent comedy . . . . . This silent comedy. Milton Berle was hired to be a newspaper boy with an armful of newspapers who approaches Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand, who are sitting on a park bench. When Milton Berle taps Charlie Chaplin on the shoulder in the hopes of selling him a newspaper, Charlie believes that it is a cop who has been after them and refuses to turn around and look at the boy. Milton Berle finally sells Charlie a newspaper and walks away. Milton Berle then got a part in the movie serial ‘The Perils of Pauline,’ which hit the theaters before this movie was finished and released, and that appearance is commonly mentioned as Berle’s first screen appearance to hit the theaters, which it was. . . . But it was not his first time in front of a motion picture camera . . . . Milton Berle proclaimed all of his life that this scene was filmed before his work in ‘The Perils of Pauline,’ and was his very first movie acting job.

The story is a classic Charlie Chaplin adventure. Charlie is a smart city fellow taking a walk in the country when he is hit on the head with a brick, thrown by a big and homely country girl. When Charlie discovers that her father has a lot of cash that he keeps stuffed in a jar he gets an idea . . . . He convinces the country girl to grab papa’s cash and run away with him to the city and get married. He plans to get her drunk in the city and then steal her money. Things don’t go as planned, though . . . . He steals the country girl's money and spends it on himself and his city girlfriend, but then he discovers that the country girl has an uncle in the city . . . . A very wealthy uncle . . . . And Milton Berle will sell Charlie a newspaper with a front page article that will change everything again . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin and Milton Berle
Mabel Normand, Charlie Chaplin and Milton Berle
Charles Bennett and William Hauber
Anne GwynneCharles Bennett and William Hauber
Charles Bennett and William Hauber
Charles Bennett and William Hauber
Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin, Frank Opperman and Marie Dressler
Charlie Chaplin, Frank Opperman and Marie Dressler
Charlie Chaplin, Frank Opperman and Marie Dressler
Charlie Chaplin, Frank Opperman and Marie Dressler
Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Marie Dressler
Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Marie Dressler
Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand watching the motion picture
Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand watching the motion picture
Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand
Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand
Charlie Chaplin and Mack Swain
Charlie Chaplin and Mack Swain
Charlie Chaplin in the movie theater
Charlie Chaplin in the movie theater
Charlie Chaplin takes Marie Dressler to the preacher to get married
Charlie Chaplin takes Marie Dressler to the preacher to get married
Enid Markey meets Morgan Wallace
Enid Markey meets Morgan Wallace
Fred Hibbard and Mabel Normand
Fred Hibbard and Mabel Normand
Hugh Saxon, Hampton Del Ruth and Edgar Kennedy
Hugh Saxon, Hampton Del Ruth and Edgar Kennedy
Mabel Normand
Mabel Normand
Mabel Normand, Charlie Chaplin and Marie Dressler
Mabel Normand, Charlie Chaplin and Marie Dressler
Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin in the movie theater
Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin in the movie theater
Mabel Normand kisses Charlie Chaplin
Mabel Normand kisses Charlie Chaplin
Mabel Normand
Mabel Normand
Mabel Normand
Mabel Normand
Mack Swain
Mack Swain
Marie Dressler and Charlie Chaplin
Marie Dressler and Charlie Chaplin
Marie Dressler and Edgar Kennedy
Marie Dressler and Edgar Kennedy
Marie Dressler, Mack Swain and Charlie Chaplin
Marie Dressler, Mack Swain and Charlie Chaplin
Marie Dressler and Mack Swain
Marie Dressler and Mack Swain
Marie Dressler
Marie Dressler
Marie Dressler
Marie Dressler
Minta Durfee, Charles Murray, Morgan Wallace and Enid Markey
Minta Durfee, Charles Murray, Morgan Wallace and Enid Markey
Morgan Wallace and Enid Markey
Morgan Wallace and Enid Markey
Morgan Wallace reaches for Enid Markey's purse
Morgan Wallace reaches for Enid Markey's purse
Morgan Wallace on the movie screen
Morgan Wallace on the movie screen