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W.H. Tilley Collection, no. 6 - 1950s

Susan T. Solomon

Silent | 1950 | 1951

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    Index of Intertitles
    •  Wesley Tilley Jr. in the Capital Grounds 
    •  Just too Tired for Words 
    •  Tilley Films 
    •  We meet the Family in Lake City 1950 
    •  The Bubble Gum Contest 1951 
    •  We Inspect the New Home. Gainesville 1950 
    •  Wesley Jr., John and The Ducks 
    •  Christmas in Florida 1951. A beautiful day. 
    •  They Love Each Other 
    •  Everybody Happy Again 
    •  What do you make of this? 
    •  The Family Takes it Easy 
    •  Telephone! 
    •  Mother tries Daughter's bike 
    •  Univ. of Florida Campus Scenes- Gainesville 
    •  Watermelon for the kids 
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    Shot and compiled in the 1950s by W.H. Tilley, the first section includes clips of Wesley Tilley, Jr. (W.H.'s son) on the Texas Capitol grounds, and - also that same day - with his family (his wife Barb, three children Virginia, John, and Susan, and a dachsund) climbing a steep grade. The remainder of the movie is comprised of different sequences shot several years earlier (in 1950 and 1951), with footage of W.H. and his wife Helen with Wesley, Jr.'s family (and children Virginia and John) at their home in Lake City, FL - as well as at the site of their future Gainesville home. Also included is footage of the family at the University of Florida campus.

    Brothers Wesley Hope and Paul Tilley can be counted among Texas' pioneering filmmakers. Their movie work extends at least as far back as 1910.

    In addition to their short subjects (as for-hire filmmakers) and early documentary movies of Texas, the Austin-based Tilleys made cartoons, titles, slides, advertisements, newsreels, and comedy features. The brothers were also involved in the turn-of-the-century amusement business as carnival music producers and for-hire projectionists.

    The Tilley brothers are best known, however, for their three commercial narrative features: Mexican Conspiracy Outgeneralled, Their Lives By a Slender Thread and The Kentucky Feud. These films were produced in 1913 around central Texas (as well as Mexico) under the auspices of their Satex production company and film lab, one of the first of its kind in Texas.

    W. Hope Tilley eventually pursued his music-related activities full-time, remaining in Austin. Paul Tilley later worked with another fellow Texan in Hollywood, film director King Vidor.