Tillie the Toiler (1927 film)
Tillie the Toiler is a 1927 American silent film comedy produced by Cosmopolitan Productions and released through Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios. It is based on Russ Westover's popular comic strip Tillie the Toiler. The film was directed by Hobart Henley and stars Marion Davies.
|Tillie the Toiler|
|Directed by||Hobart Henley|
|Produced by||Marion Davies|
|Written by||A. P. Younger (screenplay)|
Ralph Spence (intertitles)
|Story by||Agnes Christine Johnston|
Edward T. Lowe Jr.
|Based on||Tillie the Toiler|
by Russ Westover
|Cinematography||William H. Daniels|
|Edited by||Daniel J. Gray|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
It was remade under the same title in 1941.
- Marion Davies as Tillie Jones
- Matt Moore as Mac
- Harry Crocker as Pennington Fish
- George Fawcett as Mr. Simpkins
- George K. Arthur as Mr. whipple
- Estelle Clark as Sadie
- Bert Roach as Bill
- Gertrude Short as Bubbles
- Claire McDowell as Maude Jones
- Arthur Hoyt as Mr. Smythe
- Ida May (uncredited)
- Mary Forbes as Mrs. Fish, Pennington's Mother (uncredited)
- James Murray as One of Tillie's Admirers in Restaurant (uncredited)
- Russ Powell as One of Tillie's Admirers on Street (uncredited)
- Turner Savage as Bill & Sadie's Chubby Boy (uncredited)
In her 24th film, Marion Davies starred as the scatterbrained Tillie Jones, which was based on the famous comic strip. Davies donned a black wig for the part and remembered that she worked on this film while she was also working on The Red Mill. She recalled that for six weeks, she had to sleep on a couch in her bungalow. This was another hit film for Davies. Although filmed in Hollywood, Lucille Ball always claimed she had a bit part as an extra in this film. Ball was only 16 years old and was still on the East Coast. Yet Ball always claimed Davies as one of her role models.
The only known print exists at the Eastman House Museum in Rochester, New York.
- Tillie the Toiler on IMDb
- Synopsis at AllMovie
- Still #1 and #2 from University of Washington, Sayer collection
- Lobby poster
- Stills at silenthollywood.com