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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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Credited cast:
Maury Allen ... Himself
Dave Anderson ... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
Bill Buchbinder ... Himself
John Clancy ... Himself
Perian Conerly ... Herself
... Himself
Peter Duchin ... Himself
Whitey Ford ... Himself
Bill Fugazy ... Himself
Pat Futcher ... Himself
Bill Gallo ... Himself
... Himself
... Himself


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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14 September 2007 (USA)  »

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Toots Shor: Bigger Than Life  »

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What an amazing bio-film.
30 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Just caught this at the Tribeca Film Festival and beyond the comments during the Q&A session with the director, this film was an amazing time capsule of New York City during the 50's and 60's.

After watching this film, one of the strongest feelings that I experienced was a deep regret that I never had the chance to meet this person or walk into his bar.

I loved the concept of there being no velvet rope, if you had a dollar for a beer, you were welcome.

Hopefully, this is put out on DVD or at least released soon. I know several people that would really enjoy watching it.

I highly recommend it.

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