Now That April's Here
|Now That April’s Here|
|Directed by||William Davidson|
|Written by||Norman Klenman|
|Narrated by||Raymond Massey|
|Cinematography||William H. Gimmi|
|Music by||John Hubert Bath|
|Distributed by||International Film Distributors|
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 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 (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.
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