Toots (2007)

Toots
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 25mins.
Genres Documentary, Biopic
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Tom McDonough Cinematographer n/a 402 6000002
Daniel B Gold Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
James P MacGilvray Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Alan Mattone Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Penelope Falk Editor n/a 172 7000001
Lewis Erskine Editor n/a 172 7000002
J T Takagi Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Peter Miller Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Mark Suozzo Original Music Music 120838 8000001
Alicia Sams Producer n/a 3 3000003
Whitney Dow Producer n/a 3 3000002
Gay Talese Actor n/a 1 1000005
Gianni Russo Actor Himself 1 1000004
Nicholas Pileggi Actor Himself 1 1000003
Frank Gifford Actor Himself 1 1000002
Mike Wallace Actor n/a 1 1000006
Peter Duchin Actor n/a 1 1000007
Kristi Jacobson Producer n/a 3 3000001
Kristi Jacobson Director n/a 2 2000001
Joe Garagiola Actor n/a 1 1000008
Walter Cronkite Actor Himself 1 1000001
Synopsis
Toots Shor was a well known saloonkeeper in New York from 1940 to 1959 and his eponymous midtown Manhattan bar was the place to be seen. Decades later, his granddaughter documentary filmmaker Kristi Jacobson takes us on tour of her famous grandfather's world through interviews with family, friends, patrons, and some choice archival footage. Born in turn-of-the-century Philadelphia, Shor made his way to New York in 1930, and started out as a bouncer at various speakeasies. Some years after the repeal of Prohibition, he made good on his connections and opened his own place. Shor's jocularity and innate sense of populism turned his saloon into a phenomenon, and on any given night the average working stiff might find himself drinking next to Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, mobster Frank Costello, ballplayer Joe DiMaggio, or singer Frank Sinatra, among many others. But Shor was as bad with business as he was good with people. After selling his bar for $1.5 million in 1959, he blew through his entire bankroll before reopening at a new location in 1961. Unfortunately, Shor could not keep up with the changing times, and the radical 1960's spelled the death of his establishment's popularity.
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