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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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Francis Martin

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Walter DeLeon (screen play), Francis Martin (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
W.C. Fields ... Augustus Winterbottom
Alison Skipworth ... Tillie Winterbottom
Baby LeRoy ... The 'King'
Julie Bishop ... Mary Sheridan (as Jacqueline Wells)
Phillip Trent ... Tom Sheridan (as Clifford Jones)
Clarence Wilson ... Phineas Pratt
George Barbier ... Captain Fogg
Barton MacLane ... Commissioner McLennan
Edgar Kennedy ... Judge
Robert McKenzie ... Defense Attorney
Ivan Linow ... The Swede
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Storyline

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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A PAIR OF SCOUNDRELS YOU'LL LOVE! (Print Ad- Ogdensburg Advance-News, ((Ogdensburg NY)) 5 December 1933)

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Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esperto Contra Sabido See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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. 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

Augustus Q. Winterbottom: Poker? Is that the game where one receives five cards, and if there's two alike that's pretty good, but if there's three alike that's much better?
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Bringing In the Sheaves
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by George A. Minor (1880)
Hymn by Knowles Shaw (1874)
Sung a cappella by W.C. Fields often
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Very funny
18 June 2001 | by zetesSee 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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