The year was 1914, and film pioneer Mack Sennett was looking for a movie that would spotlight the talents of Broadway's most renowned comedienne, Marie Dressler, along with two of his Keystone Studio's most famous performers, Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand. He was also looking to make the first feature-length comedy in film history. The result of Sennett's efforts was Tillie's Punctured Romance, one of the most popular films of the silent era. Tillie's Punctured Romance tells the story of Charlie, a city slicker who convinces Tillie to steal her father's fortune and run away with him. But once they reach the city, he takes her money and returns to his sweetheart, Mabel. Tillie, deserted and destitute, gets a job in a restaurant, where she pines away for Charlie. When he learns her wealthy uncle has died, Charlie returns to her, and only after the hasty wedding does she realize why he has married her. After she discovers him kissing Mabel, Tillie goes berserk, leading to a madcap climax that involves thrown pies, gunshots and a frantic chase that lands Tillie in the ocean.