The story of a bizarre bequest of a wealthy late Canadian lawyer: the woman who birthed the most children in the City of Toronto within a certain time period would inherit a fortune in the midst of the Great Depression.



(screenplay), (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Harrington
Vivianne Kennelly
Terry Simpson ...
Mike Kennelly
Kyra Azzopardi ...
Maggie Kennelly
Joshua Archambault ...
Bobby Kennelly
Ellen David ...
Gina Bonaggio
Giuseppe Tancredi ...
Tony Bonaggio
Janine Theriault ...
Colleen Brant
Edward Yankie ...
Lenny Maddox
Hugh McLean
Max Macleod
Mr. Cunningham
Sam Gregory
Ian Finlay ...
James Crandell
Joel Miller ...
Reverend Sinclair


In 1926, when Charles Millar a wealthy never-married lawyer, died in Toronto, Canada, it was discovered that he had bequeathed a million dollars to the woman in Toronto who would have the most babies in the ten years after his death! This 'news' made headlines around the world and created one of the very first media frenzies that became known as the 'The Great Toronto Stork Derby'. The Toronto Daily Star sponsored race-coverage that spanned more than ten years, culminating in a sensational court case. What was perceived by many as a sick joke, proved tragic for many others, especially the poor and disenfranchised, who saw in this an opportunity to finally break free from the harsh and grueling realities of the thirties. The three front-runners were soon identified. The first was Vivianne Kennelly, a feisty, uneducated woman of French Canadian heritage, a devoted mother who believed that she had psychic relationship with the deceased Mr. Millar and that he had assured her that she ... Written by Betty Palik

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Release Date:

8 January 2002 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Course à la cigogne  »

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A bit too much yelling, but...
8 January 2002 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting and well done piece of Canadiana and proof that we can make good pictures now and then. Well acted, well directed and well shot with none of the pretentious BS that marks so many Canadian flicks. There is a little too much shouting and confrontation at times.A few of the props are wrong (viz. models of typewriters and press cameras that didn't exist in the mid thirties.) But I find bitter irony in the fact that (for the second time) a film about Toronto was shot in Montreal when Toronto continues to serve as a surrogate for every place but itself.

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