W. C. Fields

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Tillie and Gus is an early, underrated, W.C. Fields comedy. I found it to be very amusing.

One thing that I found interesting was that Fields at times took a backseat to his co-star Alison Skipworth who plays Tillie. Unlike other comedians of the era Fields was not afraid of sharing the spotlight or keeping all the good lines to himself.

The film also featured Baby LeRoy, who also appeared in a few Fields’ films including It’s A Gift and The Old Fashioned Way.

Tillie and Gus is a typical 1930s comedy about a riverboat race, yet it is the charisma and humour of Fields and Skipworth that make this movie so enjoyable.