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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 Winterbottom
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The 'King'
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Mary Sheridan (as Jacqueline Wells)
Phillip Trent ...
Tom Sheridan (as Clifford Jones)
Clarence Wilson ...
Phineas Pratt
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Captain Fogg
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Ivan Linow ...
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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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13 October 1933 (USA)  »

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Esperto Contra Sabido  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Tom Sheridan: I claim that ferry boat race was the world's greatest gamble.
Augustus Q. Winterbottom: No, don't forget, Lady Godiva put everything she had on a horse.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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Throw Out the Life Line
(1888) uncredited
Music and Lyrics by Edwin S. Ufford
Sung a cappella by Alison Skipworth
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plain, simple W C Fields film.
27 July 2008 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Tillie and Gus was the last film directed by Francis Martin. Alison Skipworth and W C Fields star in this tale of two swindlers who have come to help out their family after a relative has died. In this, we get to see a lot of Fields' tricks with props - the hat and cane bits, cards, rolling the coin along his knuckles. And of course, he teams up with Clarence Wilson (the lawyer) again, from several of his previous films. Gotta love the "make your own paint" bit, when he adds in a scoop of lead, (which we now know is poisonous when ingested) as directed by the radio host. Did people really mix up their own paint ?? Baby LeRoy steals the show once again (Fields would make four movies with him-- has an interesting bio on IMDb). In Tillie and Gus, it all comes down to the big race to see who gets the job as ferryboat for the town. While quite a good, plain, fun, simple story, it's not the usual hilarious, non-stop antics that we see in some of the other W C Fields flicks.


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