My Girl Tisa

My Girl Tisa is a 1948 film directed by Elliott Nugent and starring Lilli Palmer and Sam Wanamaker.[1] It is based on the play Ever the Beginning by Lucille S. Prumbs and Sara B. Smith (copyrighted 14 May 1946).[2]

My Girl Tisa
Theatrical release poster
Directed byElliott Nugent
Written byAllen Boretz
Based onEver the Beginning
by Lucille S. Prumbs and Sara B. Smith
StarringLilli Palmer
Sam Wanamaker
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyErnest Haller
Edited byChristian Nyby
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • February 7, 1948 (1948-02-07)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States


In 1905, Tisa Kepes is an immigrant who is living in a New York City boarding house and struggling to make ends meet, making very little money working for a Mr. Grumbach in the garment district. An aspiring lawyer, Mark Denek, also is a boarder there, dreaming of someday meeting his idol, President Teddy Roosevelt.

Tisa is trying to earn enough to pay for her father's boat passage so he can join her in America. In an attempt to assist her, Mark loses his job with a politician, Dugan, is double-crossed by a ship captain named Tescu who intends to make Tisa's father work for him, then ends up getting Tisa slated for deportation. In love with Tisa and desperate, Mark has a chance encounter with Roosevelt, who intervenes at the last instant on their behalf.



  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2011-06-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "My Girl Tisa". AFI. Retrieved 11 January 2016.

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