Review: ‘Tillie and Gus’

This is an effort to stretch a brief idea to feature length with horseplay and mechanical punch which doesn't quite register. Chief handicap is a lack of spontaneity and swiftness of movement. Basic idea is good, the big time slickers who beat the country amateur, but this rich vein is scarcely uncovered.

This is an effort to stretch a brief idea to feature length with horseplay and mechanical punch which doesn’t quite register. Chief handicap is a lack of spontaneity and swiftness of movement. Basic idea is good, the big time slickers who beat the country amateur, but this rich vein is scarcely uncovered.

W.C. Fields and Alison Skipworth are a married couple who have gone their separate ways but reunite when called to the old home for a presumed legacy. Local bad boy is trying to hog the fortune and oust the young couple from their inheritance. Last thing to be picked up is a ferry franchise, and that’s whipped into a race between the old boat and the new contender.

In between it’s some of Fields’ old vaude gags, frequent references to wet babies and such bits as the $1,000 vase being dropped to catch the $1 cane. Comedy not helped any by efforts to inject a dramatic story.

Tillie and Gus

Production

Paramount. Director Francis Martin; Producer Douglas MacLean; Screenplay Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin; Camera Ben Reynolds; Art Director Hans Dreier, Harry Oliver

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 58 MIN.

With

W. C. Fields Alison Skipworth Baby LeRoy Jacqueline Wells George Barbier Clarence Wilson
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