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Toots (2006)

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The '40s and '50s were a classic period in New York City nightlife, when the saloonkeeper was king and regular folks could drink with celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason. In this documentary, Kristi Jacobson profiles her grandfather, the king of kings: Toots Shor of the eponymous restaurant and saloon, which was once the place to be seen in Manhattan.

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Toots Shor (1903-1977) was Manhattan's premier saloonkeeper from 1940 to 1959. At 18, he went to New York from South Philly, becoming a speakeasy bouncer. In 1940, he opened his place at 51 51st St., the watering hole for sports heroes, actors, mobsters, cops, politicians, visiting dignitaries, and writers. Shor's daughter, Frank Gifford, Peter Duchin, former sports writers, and others comment throughout as the filmmaker mixes still photographs, archive footage, including an appearance on "This Is Your Life," and an audio-tape interview from 1975 to present a portrait of New York during and after Prohibition and of a lovable, larger-than-life, uniquely New York public figure. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The best film at Tribeca Film Festival
23 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This doc. is a must see. It really and truly is a gem of a film. I saw this also at the Tribeca Film Festival and it was by far my favorite film! Not only do you wish that you were able to party at the original Toots and meet Toots himself, but I found myself so disappointed that I was born in 1978 and didn't get to experience NYC during that time.

The film does do a great job really taking you back to the NY in the 50's. You almost feel like you knew Toots himself and had a drink at his bar.

Also the interviews with legends like Frank Gifford and Whitey Ford are priceless. Some of the stories they tell are priceless too.

I hope this movie is released b/c I would love to see it again!


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