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.

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

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

More Film

  • Sundance: 30West Buying Neon Following 'I,

    Sundance: 30West to Buy Neon Following 'I, Tonya' Collaboration

    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 […]

  • SAG-AFTRA Developing Code of Conduct to

    SAG-AFTRA Developing Code of Conduct to Address Sexual Harassment

    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 […]

  • Monsters and Men Sundance

    Sundance Film Review: 'Monsters and Men'

    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 […]

  • Kelly MacDonald on Sundance Movie 'Puzzle,'

    Kelly MacDonald on Her Sundance Star Turn in 'Puzzle' and Hollywood Harassment

    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 […]

  • 'Our New President' Review: Donald Trump

    Sundance Film Review: 'Our New President'

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content