A Tribute to Toots Shor

By Jen Murphy Posted September 20, 2007

Fall is abuzz with must-see movies: the wildly hilarious Superbad, Sean Penn’s take on Into the Wild and the highly anticipated The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford starring Brad Pitt.

Amid all the big money films is a fantastic new documentary that premiered in New York last Friday about the legendary New York saloonkeeper Toots Shor. Toots is directed by Shor’s granddaughter, Kristi Jacobson, who in telling the story of her grandfather’s rise and fall also argues why a similar personality or saloon could never (sadly) exist today. Interviews with Walter Cronkite, Yogi Berra, Gay Talese and others who frequented Shor’s eponymous midtown saloon shed light on both Shor and New York City at a time when celebrities as big as Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra could have a drink at a bar without being mobbed by paparazzi.

The film rolls out in other cities this fall, but for a sneak preview, click here.

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