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Spotlight No. 5 (1954)

| Documentary, Short
A short film with three stories spotlighting Canada: why Trafalgar Square in London, England is known as Little Canada; the rise in popularity of jazz in Canada; and the story of Notre Dame of Saskatchewan College founded by Father Murray.


Gordon Sparling


Frank Lowe (script)


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Complete credited cast:
Ken Davey Ken Davey ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Don Cameron Don Cameron ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Stan Kenton ... Self


In the continuing series of putting the spotlight on things Canadian, this film focuses on three items of Canadiana. The first is what is unofficially known as "Little Canada", but which is really Trafalgar Square in London, England. How it got this moniker is explained. The added significance of Little Canada to the Canadian troops during WWII is described. The second is jazz music, which is becoming mainstream from coast to coast to coast. All things jazz are infiltrating Canada, such as a visit by jazz conductor and scholar Stan Kenton, while homegrown Canadian jazz talent, such as the Paul Bley Trio, are becoming more renowned. The third and final is Father Athol Murray, founder in 1929 and head of non-denominational Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. His goal was to provide higher education to sons and daughters of farmers, who could ill afford such otherwise. Father Murray is able to keep the college going on no government grants or regular income, but on ingenuity. His... Written by Huggo

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27 May 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Spotlight #5 (1954)

** (out of 4)

Canadian short shines the "spotlight" on three subjects and tells us their story. The first story deals with "Little Canada", aka Trafalgar Square in London. Up next is a look at the popularity of jazz in Canada and why it's taking off so quickly. Finally we get the story of Notre Dame in the small, unknown city of Wilcox. This is the first film I've seen from this series and I'd be lying if I said I was looking forward to others. There's nothing overly horrible here but then again there's nothing good either so what we're left with is pretty much a boring documentary of three stories that really aren't interesting. I've seen American shorts from the late 20s and early 30s that discussed jazz so why it was just hitting in Canada in 1954 is beyond me. None of the three stories are very interesting and even worse is all the stock footage that is used to tell the stories. Nothing interesting is ever said and one can't help to think that a TravelTalks entry could have done the job much better.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Northern Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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