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My Girl Tisa (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 7 February 1948 (USA)
1905 was a period of heavy immigration from Europe to America before laws were passed restricting the flow of immigrants. Almost every character in this movie is a recent arrival. Tisa has ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Elliott Nugent

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Lucille S. Prumbs (play), Sara B. Smith (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lilli Palmer ... Tisa Kepes
Sam Wanamaker ... Mark Denek
Akim Tamiroff ... Mr. Grumbach
Alan Hale ... Dugan
Hugo Haas ... Tescu
Gale Robbins ... Jenny Kepes
Stella Adler ... Mrs. Faludi
Benny Baker ... Herman
Sumner Getchell ... Georgie
Sid Tomack Sid Tomack ... BinkaBinka
John Qualen ... Svenson
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon ... Riley
Sidney Blackmer ... Theodore Roosevelt
Fritz Feld ... Prof. Tabor
John Banner ... Otto
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Storyline

1905 was a period of heavy immigration from Europe to America before laws were passed restricting the flow of immigrants. Almost every character in this movie is a recent arrival. Tisa has been in America only four months, yet she is holding four jobs to save enough money to pay for her father's boat passage to America. She works in a garment factory in Greenwich Village owned by Mr. Grumbach, who is studying to pass his citizenship test. Denek, a brash young man, tries to help her but gets her into trouble and her deportation is ordered by an immigration judge.

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A Heart-Warming Drama of New York - City of Dreams! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anos de Inocência See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sam Wanamaker's film debut. See more »

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Hail to the Chief
(uncredited)
Music by James Sanderson
Played by the band as the procession goes by
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Pleasant piece of turn of the century Americana.
21 November 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Lilli Palmer stars as Tisa Kepes, a Hungarian immigrant to New York City in 1905, working at four jobs to save enough money to pay for her father's passage to the United States, including one at a tie-manufacturing sweat shop owned by Mr. Brumbach (Akim Tamiroff), who is giddy at the prospect of passing his citizenship examination with the tutoring of Mark Denek (Sam Wanamaker). After a successful stage career, this is the first screen appearance for Wanamaker, considered by Warner Brothers as a successor to John Garfield in their long progression of proletarian films, and he gives a strong performance as an ambitious novice politician in Gotham's notorious fourth ward, led here by assemblyman Dugan (Alan Hale). Many of the main characters reside in a boarding house run by Mrs. Faludi (Stella Adler, in a rare appearance) and inevitably Mark and Tisa fall in love with Tisa deciding to use part of her savings to finance quixotic Mark's notion that he will become a successful attorney by completing a mail order course, thereby jeopardizing her ability to reunite with her father. This is a sweet natured work, directed ably by Elliott Nugent, but is somewhat hampered by a weak script, its dialogue in particular failing to enhance an ambitious series of subplots with which Nugent must deal, although scenes involving the growing mutual attraction of the lovers are, on the evidence, an indication of what might have been a far more effective production. Filmed in black and white, TISA depicts, on no small budget, a realistic depiction of the first decade of the twentieth century as experienced by a wide range of idealistic European emigrants, and is replete with that optimism which one might expect from new residents to America.


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