Tillie the Toiler (1941)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Previously brought to the screen as a Marion Davies vehicle in 1927, Russ Westover's long-running comic strip Tillie the Toiler was again cinematized in 1942 with Kay Harris (who looked not at all like the original "Tillie") in the lead. While attending stenographer school, Tillie Jones meets office boy Mac (William Tracy), who falls in love with her at first sight. Though Tillie likes Mac as a friend, she continually throws him over for handsomer men, but ultimately comes to realize that faithful Mac is the one for her (in the original comic strip, she didn't come to this realization until 1959!) Before this happens, however, Tillie manages to bungle one assignment after another, finally saving her job with a fashion show, evidently designed to show of Columbia's 1942 crop of starlets. Diminutive Daphne Pollard, best known for her Mack Sennett starring 2-reelers and her supporting work in Laurel & Hardy comedies, is well cast as Tillie's down-to-earth mother. Intended as the first of a series, Tillie the Toiler never got any farther than this "pilot" entry.



boss [employer], boyfriend, employer/employee, love, secretary