The Scrub Lady

The Scrub Lady, also known as Tillie the Scrub Lady, is a 1917 American silent comedy short film produced by and starring Marie Dressler and distributed by Goldwyn Pictures. The picture is preserved in the Library of Congress.[1]

The Scrub Lady
(aka Tillie The Scrub Lady)
Produced byMarie Dressler
Written byVincent P. Bryan
StarringMarie Dressler
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • December 1917 (1917-12)
Running time
2 reels; 600 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Vincent P. Bryan was a composer, lyricist and writer. He had helmed nearly all of Charles Chaplin's Mutual films. The newly created Goldwyn Pictures brought Bryan in to write The Scrub Lady.

Dressler portrayed Tillie in three other films, including the first full-length comedy, Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), with Charles Chaplin and Mabel Normand, as well as Tillie's Tomato Surprise (1915) and Tillie Wakes Up (1917). Tillie has a different last name in Tillie Wakes Up, which could be explained by the fact that her character is married.



  1. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress by The American Film Institute, c.1978

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