Tillie's Punctured Romance (1928 film)

Tillie's Punctured Romance is a lost[1] 1928 American silent circus comedy film starring W. C. Fields as a ringmaster and Louise Fazenda as a runaway. Written by Monte Brice and Keene Thompson and directed by A. Edward Sutherland, this movie has nothing to do with the revered 1914 Charles Chaplin film aside from sharing the same title. However, Chester Conklin and Mack Swain appear in both films.

Tillie's Punctured Romance
Theatrical poster
Directed byA. Edward Sutherland
Produced byAl Christie (aka Christie Film Company)
Written byMonte Brice
Keene Thompson
StarringW. C. Fields
Louise Fazenda
Chester Conklin
Mack Swain
CinematographyCharles P. Boyle
William Wheeler
Edited byArthur Huffsmith
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 3, 1928 (1928-03-03)
Running time
57 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Plot synopsis

Tillie is a runaway who goes to Frisbee's Colossal Circus, with lions, a ringmaster that wants to take over the circus from the owner, a strong woman, a girl with "a voice of gold and an arm of iron." The group decides to go to the French trenches during World War I in order to entertain the troops, but they all get caught up in a draft and end up serving the German Army as privates while facing the Allies.



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