My Girl Tisa


1h 35m 1948

Film Details

Also Known As
Ever the Beginning, Tisa
Release Date
Feb 7, 1948
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
United States Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Ever the Beginning by Lucille S. Prumbs and Sara B. Smith (copyrighted 14 May 1946).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

In New York City, in 1905, immigrant Tisa Kepes works in a garment factory run by Mr. Grumbach, who is studying to become an American citizen. Tisa and her cousin Jenny live in Mrs. Faludi's boardinghouse. Fellow boarder Mark Denek, who is employed by alderman Thomas Dugan, dreams of becoming a lawyer and advisor to his idol, President Teddy Roosevelt. Learning that Tisa needs extra money because she is saving to bring her father to America, Mark brags that he will help her get a job. Mark eventually persuades ice cream store owner Swenson to hire Tisa to work in the evenings after she finishes her work at Grumbach's, but later quarrels with Swenson over Roosevelt and causes Tisa to lose her job. Despite this, Mark and Tisa fall in love, although their lack of money prevents them from expressing these feelings to each other. After Mark's ambitious self-promotion causes Dugan to fire him, he asks Grumbach for the money to finish his correspondence course in law. When Grumbach refuses, Tisa asks Tescu, the shipping agent to whom she is paying her father's passage, to give her $100 from the money she has saved. Tescu gives Tisa the money, and informs her that her father could come to America immediately if he agreed to work off his passage after his arrival. Tisa consents to this arrangement, but when Mark learns what has happened, he explains that her father will be working off his passage in a distant state for many years. When Tisa confronts Tescu, he offers to return the contract in exchange for sexual favors. After she refuses, Tescu tells Mark that he has sold her father's contract to someone else. Mark asks Grumbach for a loan to buy back the contract, and again, Grumbach refuses to part with his money. A vengeful Tescu then lies to immigration officials in an effort to get Tisa deported. Mark offers to marry her so that, as his wife, she will become a citizen, but before they can be married, Tisa is arrested. Due to a misunderstanding, the judge believes that Tisa paid Mark to marry her, orders her deported and sends Mark to jail. Happy that he has finally passed his citizenship exam, Grumbach bails Mark out of jail, but Tisa is sent to Ellis Island to await deportation. While waiting, Tisa sees her father's ship dock. Mark visits Tisa to say that he loves her and is determined to become a lawyer and change the laws so that she will be able to return. As Mark leaves, he learns that Teddy Roosevelt is at the dock to meet a head of state. Mark convinces Roosevelt to intervene on Tisa's behalf, and she is able to meet her father's ship.

Film Details

Also Known As
Ever the Beginning, Tisa
Release Date
Feb 7, 1948
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
United States Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Ever the Beginning by Lucille S. Prumbs and Sara B. Smith (copyrighted 14 May 1946).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

The film's working titles were Tisa and Ever the Beginning. This film marked Sam Wanamaker's screen debut.