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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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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. Its earliest documented telecasts took place in Toledo Sunday 20 December 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), and in Detroit Monday 15 February 1960 on WJBK (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 30 August 2013 as part of the Universal Vault Series. 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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Referenced in The Great Man: W.C. Fields (2005) 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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One of Fields' "sleepers", Tillie and Gus is a great curiosity.
30 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Tillie And Gus" is a "Sleeper" for W.C. Fields. It is not one of his movies that he is best remembered for, but it has several components that make it a great curiosity. First of all, Fields is teamed up again with Alison Skipworth, the craggy character actress, who in her earlier stage career in England was known to be a great beauty. She is also as far as I'm concerned, Fields' greatest female co-star. She interacts with him well as she did in "If I Had A Million" and "Six of A Kind". The two are formerly man and wife in this saga, working as "missionaries" on different locations who are found out for their flim-flam ways and sent packing back home where they are summoned to the dockside of a niece, her husband and infant son (Baby Leroy), who are being swindled out of their inheritance by shyster lawyer Phineas Pratt. The niece owns a run-down riverboat, threatened to be put in mothballs by a newer boat. A race is run to determine which boat has superiority over the other, and who keeps the river franchise. Fields' and Skipworth's goals is to help win the race, receive the money to thwart Pratt, and to kick the bum out! Memorable scenes include The "Missionaries" working together to refix a poker game on the train to their benefit, and Fields' memorable line to the question "You like children?". "Only if they are properly cooked", he says. This film is seldom seen on television and never seen as a video. The rights to this and many other Fields' films are buried in the vaults of Universal Pictures. It should be released for all of us to see again.


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