Release Date: September 14, 2007
Running Time: 85 mins.
MPAA Rating: None
Genre: Biopic, Documentary
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 wo...