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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Maury Allen ... Himself
Dave Anderson ... Himself
Yogi Berra ... Himself

David Brown ... Himself
Bill Buchbinder ... Himself
John Clancy ... Himself
Perian Conerly ... Herself

Walter Cronkite ... Himself
Peter Duchin ... Himself
Whitey Ford ... Himself
Bill Fugazy ... Himself
Pat Futcher ... Himself
Bill Gallo ... Himself
Joe Garagiola ... Himself

Frank Gifford ... Himself
Pete Hamill ... Himself
Kerry Jacobson ... Herself
Harry Lavin ... Himself
Larry Merchant ... Himself
Liz Murray ... Herself
LeRoy Neiman ... Himself
Nicholas Pileggi ... Himself
Charles Reilly ... Himself

Gianni Russo ... Himself

Richard M. Sherman ... Himself (as Dick Sherman)
Toots Shor ... Himself (archive footage)
Bert Randolph Sugar ... Himself
Gay Talese ... Himself

Mike Wallace ... Himself
Sidney Zion ... Himself

Directed by
Kristi Jacobson 
 
Produced by
Andrea Blau .... associate producer
Tom Brokaw .... consulting producer
Whitney Dow .... producer
Florence Holdeman .... associate producer
Kristi Jacobson .... producer
James P. Macgilvray .... executive producer
The Mattone Brothers .... executive producer
Alicia Sams .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Suozzo 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel B. Gold 
Tom McDonough 
 
Film Editing by
Lewis Erskine 
Penelope Falk 
 
Sound Department
Margaret Crimmins .... sound designer
Peter Miller .... sound recordist
Greg Smith .... sound designer
J.T. Takagi .... sound recordist
Tony Volante .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Paula Gonzalez .... titles design & digital effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kristi Jacobson .... additional camera operator
Don Lenzer .... additional camera operator
Jimmy O'Donnell .... additional camera operator
Paul Stein .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Baxt .... post-production assistant
Anne Carney .... assistant editor
Sandra J. Ciccone .... editor: bonus features
David Emanuele .... post-production assistant
Michael Feldman .... post-production assistant
Florence Holdeman .... additional editor
Pete Jahn .... post-production assistant
Emir Lewis .... additional editor
Nichol McGrane .... post-production assistant
Molly Salz .... post-production assistant
Lawrence Silk .... additional editor
Ryan Walden .... post-production assistant
Don Wyllie .... on-line editor
David Zieff .... additional editor
 
Music Department
John Beal .... musician
Dan Block .... musician
Mike Christianson .... musician
Glen Drewes .... musician
Paul Faulise .... musician
Rena C. Kosersky .... music supervisor
Bob Millikan .... musician
Keith O'Quinn .... musician
Randy Sandke .... musician
Derek Smith .... musician
Ted Spencer .... music score mixer
Mark Suozzo .... orchestrator
Joe Temperley .... musician
Kimberlee Wertz .... music contractor
Paul Woodiel .... musician
Ronnie Zito .... musician
 
Other crew
Sarah Asch .... production assistant
Kelly Brennan .... transcriber
Beatrice Chisholm .... production intern
Jong Mi Douglas .... transcriber
Tennaly Fortier .... archival researcher
Tenley Gillmore .... production assistant
Eric Glatt .... production assistant
Adella Ladjevardi .... production intern
Andrea Moya .... production intern
Desiree Mwalimu .... production intern
Hannah Rosenzweig .... production intern
Steve Schecter .... legal services (as Steven C. Schecter)
Jonah Volk .... transcriber
Justin Weinstein .... archival researcher
 
Thanks
Julie Anderson .... special thanks
Pamela Scott Arnold .... special thanks
David Becker .... special thanks
Hilary Birmingham .... special thanks
Travis Blue .... special thanks
Rachel Boynton .... special thanks
Sarah Brokaw .... special thanks
Paul Cabana .... special thanks
Esther Cassidy .... special thanks
Nancy Colman .... very special thanks
Rex Conniff .... special thanks
Jean Costain .... special thanks
John F. Culhane .... special thanks
R.J. Cutler .... special thanks
Thomasine Dolan .... special thanks
Alex and Dan Fallon .... special thanks
Richard Farley .... very special thanks
Joe Favorito .... special thanks
Chris Florio .... special thanks
Bill Francis .... special thanks
Artie Gladd .... special thanks
Ronna Glick .... special thanks
Veronica Goldberg .... very special thanks
Kieran Goodwin .... very special thanks
Steve Greenberg .... very special thanks
Michael Hainey .... special thanks
Judith Helfand .... special thanks
Francesca Holly .... special thanks (as Sister Francesca Holly)
Beth Hoppe .... special thanks
Matt Huffman .... special thanks
Jeff Idelson .... special thanks
Matt Kapp .... special thanks
Barbara Kopple .... special thanks
Aaron Kuhn .... special thanks
Susan Lacy .... special thanks
Joe Lavine .... special thanks
John Leifert .... special thanks
Doug Lyons .... special thanks
John Maggio .... special thanks
Eleanor Mark .... special thanks
Tania McKeown .... special thanks
Peter Meyer .... very special thanks
Josh Prager .... special thanks
Nick Scharlatt .... special thanks
Lacey Schwartz .... special thanks
Paul Screvane .... very special thanks
Jody Seibert .... very special thanks
Sarah Sheffield .... special thanks
Jules Shell .... special thanks
Herb Siegel .... very special thanks
Tina Sinatra .... special thanks
Paul Svendson .... very special thanks
Stacey Swiantek .... special thanks
Jean Tsien .... special thanks
Courtney Wilder .... special thanks
Marco Williams .... special thanks
Roger Williams .... special thanks
David Zieff .... special thanks
Mark Zwonitzer .... special thanks
 

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
a different world, and lots more fun, 3 January 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"We didn't worry about being 97 with Alzheimer's," a man on the documentary Toots says. "We lived short, happy lives in those days!" The world of restaurateur Toots Shor is explored in this 2006 documentary put together by his granddaughter, Kristi Jacobson. The documentary covers Shor's rise to fame and his famous restaurant, where sports figures, writers, mobsters, film stars, presidents and other politicians would pile in and drink side by side with the common man. As Frank Gifford explains, the sports figures made about as much money as the sports writers -- there was no need for an agent, no need for a lawyer -- they were just guys like anyone else. "You're not going to sit down and talk to a man who gets $25 million for throwing a baseball," musician Peter Duchin says.

In the '30s, '40s, and '50s, Toots Shor and his restaurant thrived in his New York, a place he considered the most dazzling, exciting place in the world, a world of energy and atmosphere. It was a simpler time - again, as pointed out in the documentary - not an innocent time, but a simpler time. The alcohol flowed like rivers and the smoke filled the room, and all you were judged on was whether or not you could hold your liquor.

When things began to change in the '60s, a time of political unrest, assassinations, the recognition of alcoholism as a disease, health considerations, etc., it was harder to go out and just have a good time. The heavy partying days were over. Greenwich Village became the place to be, and Toots couldn't change with the times. Couldn't, wouldn't - he just didn't get it. He became an antique. Tax problems forced him out of business, although many of his old-time friends -- Gifford, Sinatra, Duchin, and countless others, tried to help him. The money he owed was too enormous.

This is such a wonderful documentary, showing New York as it used to be, a party town, post-war, post-Prohibition, more carefree than it later became. Shor was in the center of it. He was a loyal friend to everyone, even mobsters. But when the drug people started to take over, much changed. As an interviewee put it, "There are not nice people who deal in drugs." Though Shor's star descended and he lost his money, this documentary isn't really a downer. He was a remarkable man, he had a blast, and he said if he had to do it over again, he would. I wish there was a place today for a Toots Shor.

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