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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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Mary Sheridan (as Jacqueline Wells)
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Tom Sheridan (as Clifford Jones)
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Phineas Pratt
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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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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

Commissioner McLennan: I'm not so sure. This boat was launched in eighteen hundred and eighty-one.
Augustus Q. Winterbottom: So was my wife, but she's still sea-worthy.
Commissioner McLennan: She's probably got barnacles all over her. The boat I mean.
Augustus Q. Winterbottom: She's as solid a brick telephone booth.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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Long, Long Ago
(1883) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Haynes Bayley
Played by an unidentified pianist in Tillie's bar in Shanghai
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Missionaries On A Mission
23 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Tillie And Gus has Alison Skipworth and W.C. Fields respectively in the title roles in this shortest of the feature films of W.C. Fields. It runs slightly less than an hour, but a lot of laughs get packed in. I also think if the term can be applied to Fields, he's at his most heroic in this film that is too rarely seen.

Fields and Skipworth worked well together in their part of the Paramount classic If I Had A Million so Adolph Zukor decided to give them a shot at a feature. I only wish they had done more joint projects.

Skipworth is unusual because she's an equal partner with Fields in chicanery. Usually Fields is married to a bossy tyrant like Kathleen Howard, but Skipworth is more an equal. She loves him despite his ways, but doesn't take anything off him either.

Aunt Tillie and Uncle Gus are called in by their niece Julie Bishop and her husband Phillip Trent who've been the victim of a bottom feeding shyster played deliciously by Clarence Wilson. All they have left is a ferry boat that has seen better days and Wilson is determined to get his hands on that too.

It all gets settled in a boat race and Fields sabotages the opposing boat as nicely as the Marx Brothers sabotaged La Traviata in A Night At The Opera. Seeing Fields in one of those old diving suits is funny enough, what he does to the boat is hilarious.

Bishop thinks her uncle and aunt are missionaries, they're actually a pair con artists. But they never had a greater mission than helping a family member. Blood is thicker, just ask the Corleones.

In any event this film proves you don't mess with Tillie And Gus.


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