Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks
|Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks|
|Directed by||Donald Brittain|
|Produced by||Donald Brittain
|Written by||Donald Brittain
|Music by||Eldon Rathburn|
|Edited by||Rita Roy
|Running time||115 minutes|
The film was about Hal C. Banks, a controversial American labour union leader who came to Canada in 1949 to lead a sectarian fight between rival shipping unions. Banks left Canada in 1962 after being brought up on criminal charges.
Banks appeared before the Norris Commission, which was set up to investigate his strongarm tactics and links to beatings of opposition unions, and non signed shipping companies. In particular was the ULS and the Maritime Union run by his former lieutenant Michael Sheehan, who had testified before the Norris Commission against Banks, and led the push to loosen the SIU grip on the Great Lakes.
Maury Chaykin played the role of Banks in dramatic reenactments.
- NFB Web page
- Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks at the Internet Movie Database
- Canadian Film Encyclopedia [A publication of The Film Reference Library/a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group]
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