Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1914. Keystone Film Company. Screenplay by Hampton Del Ruth, Craig Hutchinson, Mack Sennett, based on the play Tillie’s Nightmare by A. Baldwin Sloane, Edgar Smith. Cinematography by Hans F. Koenekamp, Frank D. Williams. Produced by Mack Sennett. Music by Edward Kilenyi, William P. Perry.
Reportedly the very first feature film ever made. Charles Chaplin stars as a ruthless cad who marries the moderately attractive, rotund daughter of a millionaire (Marie Dressler) for her money. After abandoning her on their honeymoon, he takes off with his girlfriend (Mabel Normand) only to learn that his father-in-law has passed away and his wife is now richer than ever before. Directed by Mack Sennett, it’s uneven and not fully entertaining, but its place in history cannot be ignored and some of the slapstick is definitely funny.