Tilly the Tomboy Visits the Poor
R: Lewin Fitzhamon. D: Hay Plumb, Alma Taylor, Chrissie White. P: Hepworth. UK 1910
“Cecil Hepworth’s production company released nearly twenty in the popular series of anarchic Tilly comedies between 1910 and 1915 (during which period Hepworth himself largely chose not to direct).
This early episode in the series, released in 1910, was directed by Lewin Fitzhamon – who directed at least two other Tilly films – and follows the chaotic exploits of the mischievous Tilly and her sister, Sally, as they upset their elderly neighbour Mrs. Smith, steal a laundry van and cause a flour fight in a bakery. The young actresses Chrissie White and Alma Taylor, who would go on to become the leading Hepworth stars, usually played Tilly and Sally respectively. Here, however, Chrissie White plays Tilly alongside an unidentified actress.”
The Flappers and the Nuts
R: Lewin Fitzhamon. D: Constance Somers-Clarke. P: Charles Urban Trading Company. UK 1913
“Lewin Fitzhamon, born in Aldingham, Cumbria in 1869, began as a steeplechase rider and a music hall performer and also producer/writer of sketches in 1889. He first made films with Robert W. Paul,s Film Company in 1900, in 1904, he joined Cecil Hepworth as an writer, film director and actor specializing in children and animals probably directing around 600 films, his best known film was Rescued By Rover in 1905. He showed himself to be accomplished in a wide range of narrative forms such as fantasies, comedies, westerns, dramas and chase films, he made a number of comic film series, including the Poorlucks and the anarchic Tilly series. Fitzhamon left Hepworth in 1912 and formed his own company ‘Fitz Films’. He was also the author of two novels ‘The Rival Millionaires’ (1904) and ‘The Vixen’ (1915) and wrote comic pieces for magazines. Married actress Constance Somers-Clarke, died in London in 1961 age 92.”
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