Now That April's Here

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Now That April’s Here
Directed byWilliam Davidson
Written byNorman Klenman
Produced by
  • William Davidson
  • Norman Klenman
Starring
  • Don Borisenko
  • Judy Welch
  • John Drainie
  • Katherine Blake
  • Tony Grey
  • Walter Massey
  • Beth Amos
  • Alan Hood
  • Nancy Lou Gill
  • Fred Diehl
  • Anne Collings
  • Kathy McNeil
Narrated byRaymond Massey
CinematographyWilliam H. Gimmi
Edited by
  • William Davidson
  • Norman Klenman
Music byJohn Hubert Bath
Distributed byInternational Film Distributors
Release date
  • June 20, 1958 (1958-06-20)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
Budget$75,000 (estimated)

Now That April’s Here is a 1958 English-Canadian feature from William Davidson and Norman Knelman based on short stories by Morley Callaghan.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

An early English-Canadian movie shot on the streets of Toronto in 1957 and one of the first Canadian feature films to be produced outside of Quebec. Producers William Davidson and Norman Klenman[2] chose as their source a collection of short stories by Morley Callaghan that had been written in the 1930s known as Now That April’s Here[3] (curiously the four they selected to film did not include the title story: ‘Silk Stockings,’ ‘Rocking Chair,’ ‘The Rejected One’ and ‘A Sick Call’). The screenplay was written specifically as a feature, not as a series of short television dramas, with a common Toronto locale, and the filmmakers got the tacit support of producer/exhibitor Nat Taylor. It was released with some fanfare in the summer of 1958.

Raymond Massey provided the voice-over narration linking the four stories; however, the film was dismissed by Variety for its ‘amateurish production and acting values’ and it died at the box office.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris, Peter (1984). The Film Companion. Toronto: Irwin Publishing. pp. 84–85. ISBN 0-7725-1505-0.
  2. ^ Morris, Peter (July 2002). "Before the Beginning: William Davidson's & Norman Klenman's Now That April's Here". Take One: Film & Television in Canada. 11 (38): 12–18.
  3. ^ Callaghan, Morley (1936). Now That April's Here. Random House. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Plummer, Kevin. "Historicist: Now That April's Here". Torontoist. Retrieved June 17, 2017.

External links[edit]

Now That April’s Here at IMDb