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.[2][3]

Tillie the Toiler
Lobby card
Directed byHobart Henley
Produced byMarion Davies
Cosmopolitan Productions
Written byA. P. Younger (screenplay)
Ralph Spence (intertitles)
Story byAgnes Christine Johnston
Edward T. Lowe Jr.
Based onTillie the Toiler
by Russ Westover
StarringMarion Davies
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
Edited byDaniel J. Gray
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 21, 1927 (1927-05-21)
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

It was remade under the same title in 1941.



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.[4]

Survival Status

The only known print exists at the Eastman House Museum in Rochester, New York.


  1. Slide, Anthony. Silent Topics: Essays on Undocumented Areas of Silent Film. Scarecrow Press. p. 26
  2. AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Tillie the Toiler
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: Tillie the Toiler at silentera.com
  4. Lorusso, Edward (2017) The Silent Films of Marion Davies, CreateSpace, pp. 131-132.

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