Tilly of Bloomsbury (1940 film)

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Tilly of Bloomsbury
Directed by Leslie S. Hiscott
Written by
Based onplay Tilly of Bloomsbury by Ian Hay
Produced by
CinematographyBernard Browne
Hammersmith Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures (UK)
Release date
  • 24 August 1940 (1940-08-24)(UK)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Tilly of Bloomsbury is a 1940 British comedy film directed by Leslie S. Hiscot and starring Sydney Howard, Jean Gillie, Kathleen Harrison and Henry Oscar. It was based on the play Tilly of Bloomsbury by Ian Hay. The screenplay concerns a young woman who falls in love with an aristocrat, and attempts to convince his family that she is of their social class. [1]


Plot summary

The rich and wealthy aristocrat socialité bachelor Dick Mainwaring falls in love with a beautiful woman from a lower class, Tilly Welwyn, whose mother owns a boarding house. Their backgrounds give rise to problems. Dick is discouraged and behaves like a complete snob towards the hard working mother, but then he learns of the good side of their life. Dick brings Tilly to his family's mansion in the country over the weekend. The visit starts out badly, since his mother, Lady Marion, strongly disapproves with the couple's union. The mother tries to split the couple up, but they are aided by the cunning butler, Samuel Stillbottle. Ultimately their love grows stronger as they overcome their differences, and romance pull the longer straw in the end.


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  1. BFI.org