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Tramp at the Door ()


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A charming stranger changes a farm family in 1936 Manitoba after showing up, claiming to be a relative.

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Ed McNamara ...
Gustave
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Albert Fournier
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Madeleine Fournier
Joanna Schellenberg ...
Gabrielle Fournier
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Lemieux
Jean-Louis Hébert ...
Hébert (as Jean Louis Hébert)
Melissa Dixon ...
Adult Gabrielle the Narrator (voice)
Ian Wilson ...
Conductor
James Martin ...
Detective
Stan Thomas ...
Businessman on Train
Len Klady ...
Criminal
Kelly Sisson ...
Ivanka
Dennis Young ...
Volodimir

Directed by

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Allan Kroeker

Written by

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Allan Kroeker ... (written by)
 
Gabrielle Roy ... (short story "Un Vagabonde frappe à notre porte")

Produced by

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Don Brinton ... executive producer
Allan Kroeker ... associate producer
Stan Thomas ... producer
Vonnie von Helmolt ... associate producer

Music by

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Randolph Peters

Cinematography by

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Ron Orieux

Film Editing by

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Lara Mazur

Editorial Department

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Gay Black ... negative cutter
Charlie Montgomery ... timer
Gloria Thorsteinson ... assistant editor

Art Direction by

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Vonnie von Helmolt

Set Decoration by

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Jane MacLeod

Costume Design by

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Eliesabeth Vensel

Makeup Department

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Rita Steinmann ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Vonnie von Helmolt ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Nives Lever ... assistant director
Franca Miraglia ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Avelin Gautron ... props
Aaron Kim Johnston ... art director: Winnipeg and Carman
Jane MacLeod ... props

Sound Department

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Leon Johnson ... sound recordist
Peter McBurnie ... foley artist
Clive Perry ... re-recording mixer
Ken Rodeck ... sound editor
Terry Tomasi ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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Avelin Gautron ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Chris Brinton ... assistant gaffer
Tim Coughlin ... dolly grip
Allan Kroeker ... additional photographer
Charles Lavack ... additional photographer / camera assistant: first camera
David Loucks ... gaffer
Terry Reimer ... camera assistant: second camera
Bryan Saunders ... grip
David Walker ... key grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charlotte Penner ... wardrobe mistress

Music Department

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Christopher McPherson ... music mixer / music recordist
Randolph Peters ... arranger

Script and Continuity Department

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Lara Mazur ... continuity
Nancy Trites-Botkin ... script consultant (as Nancy Botkin)

Additional Crew

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Simone Rudolph ... dog trainer
Alana Smith ... production assistant
Adrienne Thomas ... production assistant / publicist
Nancy Trites-Botkin ... assistant to art director (as Nancy Botkin) / assistant to director (as Nancy Botkin)
Cam Younger ... titles

Thanks

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Erna Friesen ... the producers wish to thank
Geoffrey Hayes ... the producers wish to thank
Yvonne MacDonald ... the producers wish to thank
Bernard Narvey ... the producers wish to thank
Dolores Pankratz ... the producers wish to thank
Helmut Pankratz ... the producers wish to thank
Gabrielle Roy ... dedicated to the memory of: 1909-1983
Ted Vensel ... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

An adult name Gabrielle narrates a story about family from a time in her adolescence. Her story starts in 1936, she living on a farm outside of Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba with her parents, Albert and Madeleine Fournier, he who is the town's justice of the peace. Like many of their neighbors, he is a native francophone Québec expatriate, having left there forty years ago when he was fourteen never to look or go back. He has never talked about his family back in Québec or otherwise to either Madeleine or Gabrielle, except in passing. Being the Depression, they, as a family relatively well off, often got vagabonds on their doorstep, they sometimes providing food, lodging and work on the farm. One such man that year, about ten years older than Albert, is different, as he, relatively well-dressed in a suit but obviously still down on his fortunes, finally comes to the admission that he is Albert's cousin, Gustave. Madeleine knows the man is lying as his stories of their family only gets elaborated upon whenever prompted by clues from Albert, and as such she is suspicious of the man's motives. Albert, deep in his heart, also knows the man is lying, but still allows the man to tell the stories of their family if only in Albert's want to have some touchstone to his past, fabricated or not. Regardless of Gustave's true identity, he may provide a valuable service to the Fourniers in his stories of family. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Un vagabond frappe à notre porte (Canada, French title)
  • Gusztáv, a csavargó (Hungary)
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  • 81 min
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Soundtracks 'Ephrem Brabant' Theme See more »
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