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Tillie and Gus (1933)

Passed | | Comedy | 13 October 1933 (USA)
Tillie and Augustus Winterbottom are thought to be missionaries when they arrive to find Phineas Pratt trying cheat the Sheridans out of her father's inheritance, including a ferry ... See full summary »

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Tillie and Augustus Winterbottom are thought to be missionaries when they arrive to find Phineas Pratt trying cheat the Sheridans out of her father's inheritance, including a ferry franchise and a boat. The only way to keep the franchise is to win a race against Pratt's boat. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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W.C. Fields wrote nearly all of his own dialogue to this film as well as several entire sequences in which he appeared, despite frequent objections from the director. After the success of this film, an exhibitor at Paramount announced that the comedian would be permitted full creative control to his following productions. See more »

Quotes

Augustus Q. Winterbottom: I'll bend every effort to win this race, and I come from a long line of effort benders.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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Yankee Doodle
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
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Whistled by W.C. Fields
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Very funny
18 June 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

A light comedy, certainly, not on par with Fields' classics such as The Bank Dick, It's a Gift, and That Old-Fashioned Way, but Tillie and Gus is still a fine 1930s comedy. And Fields is in top form, with several great set pieces

  • a crooked card game, making paint, and throwing firewood down to the
boiler room. Alison Skipworth is also quite good. The only major disappointment is Baby LeRoy, who, in his first pairing with Fields, was probably just too young. He's still cute and mischievous, but he and Fields never go at it in the same way as they do in That Old-Fashioned Way and It's a Gift. Even more creepy is the fact that Baby LeRoy's voice had to be dubbed, probably because he wouldn't make the required noises. This makes him seem like the antichrist - even more so. 8/10


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