Tillie’s Punctured Romance (December 21, 1914)
First ever feature-length Hollywood comedy released today! Tickets are 20 cents at The Palace!
Stars Chaplin, Mabel Normand, and stage actress Marie Dressler in the titular role as “Tillie, the pride of Yokeltown and the apple of her papa’s eye.” Chaplin is a city slicker/petty criminal, rather than the Tramp character he has been playing lately.
The Tulsa Daily World has this to say about the film:
“‘Tillie’s Punctured Romance,’ the six-reel Keystone masterpiece which comes to the Palace Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, December 27, 28, and 29, is without question the greatest comedy production ever staged. The picture finishes a four-day run in Oklahoma City tonight, and reports come from that place that patrons are not only seeing the film once, but are coming back two or three times. Mere words fade into insignificance in an attempted explanation of the many situations that start you laughing and keep you laughing from the first scene to the last. Marie Dressler fits into the Keystone comedy perfectly, and Charles Chaplin, playing opposite the great star of the legitimate stage suffers not a whit by comparison. His marvelous right footed skid is just as funny in the last reel as in the first. Mabel Normand plays her part to perfection ,as do all the cast, which is quite large. ‘Tillie’s Punctured Romance’ is going to be the talk of Tulsa next week. Everyone wants to see it. Moral: Come early and avoid the rush.”