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Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914) & Safety Last! (1923)

December 5, 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Archive Treasures: 50th Anniversary Celebration.”

Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914)
Directed by Mack Sennett

For this first feature-length comedy film ever, Marie Dressler, a triumph in the stage version of the same story, was brought to the screen by impresario Mack Sennett, and paired with Charles Chaplin as an unscrupulous seducer seeking to deceive country girl “Tillie.” Bowdlerized in several cut-down versions over the years, the film in this restoration may be experienced in its most complete version available anywhere.

Production: Keystone Film Co. Distribution: State Rights. Producer: Mack Sennett. Director: Mack Sennett. Based on the play Tillie’s Nightmare by Edgar Smith, with music by A. Baldwin Sloane. Screenwriters: Craig Hutchinson, Hampton Del Ruth. With: Marie Dressler, Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Chester Conklin, Billy Gilbert.

35mm, b/w, 82 min.

Followed by:
Safety Last! (1923)
Directed by Fred Newmeyer

Actor Harold Lloyd had included death-defying acts in certain early short films, and desired to make a feature with similar “thrills.” Inspiration came when Lloyd witnessed “human spider” Harold Strothers scaling a downtown Los Angeles building, setting up the central gag of Safety Last!—as well as our most iconic vision of Lloyd.

Production: Hal Roach Studios. Distribution: Pathé Exchange, Inc. Director: Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor. Screenwriter: Hal Roach, Sam Taylor, Tim Whelan. Cinematographer: Walter Lundin. Editor: T. J. Crizer. With: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother, Noah Young, Westcott B. Clarke.

35mm, b/w, silent, 64 min.

Note: live musical accompaniment provided by Cliff Retallick.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


December 5, 2015
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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