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Tillie the Toiler
Director: Hobart Henley (Dir)
Release Date:   21 May 1927
Duration (in feet):   6,160
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Marion Davies (Tillie Jones)  
    Matt Moore (Mac)  
    Harry Crocker (Pennington Fish)  
    George Fawcett (Mr. Simpkins)  
    George K. Arthur (Mr. Whipple)  
    Estelle Clark (Sadie)  
    Bert Roach (Bill)  
    Gertrude Short (Bubbles)  
    Claire McDowell (Maude Jones)  
    Arthur Hoyt (Mr. Smythe)  

Summary: Tillie Jones, a beautiful but dumb stenographer, captures millionaire Pennington Fish and decides to go through with the marriage for the sake of her mother, though she loves Mac, a simple office worker. At the 11th hour she decides to accept Mac, who at last rebels over his underling's job and is promoted to general manager of the company, replacing the four-flushing Mr. Whipple. 

Production Company: Cosmopolitan Productions  
Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp. (Loew's Inc.)
Director: Hobart Henley (Dir)
Writer: A. P. Younger (Scr)
  Agnes Christine Johnston (Story)
  Edward T. Lowe Jr. (Story)
  Ralph Spence (Titles)
Photography: William Daniels (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons (Art dir)
  David Townsend (Art dir)
Film Editor: Daniel J. Gray (Film ed)
Costumes: André-ani (Ward)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the comic strip "Tillie the Toiler" created by Russ Westover, copyrighted by King Features Syndicate Inc. (3 Jan 1921--Mar 1959).
Authors: Russ Westover

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp. 23/5/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP24004

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Genre: Comedy-drama
Subjects (Major): Courtship
  Family relationships

Note: The 1941 Columbia production of Tillie the Toiler was also based on the Russ Westover comic strip. That film was directed by Sidney Salkow and starred Kay Harris and William Tracy (see entry). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   19 Jun 1927.   
New York Times   7 Jun 1927   p. 27.
Variety   8 Jun 1927   p. 14.

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