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Between 1939 and 1959, Toots Shor ran what was debatably the most famous saloon in America. The son of a poor family in South Philadelphia, Shor was a blustery, larger-than-life character who came to New York City in 1930 and soon landed a job as a bouncer in a mob-run speakeasy. Shor had smarts, charm, and nerve, and he soon made plenty of contacts in the liquor trade as well as befriending habitués of Manhattan nightlife. In 1939, Shor opened a bar and restaurant, simply named "Toots Shor's," and it didn't take it long for it to become the Big Apple's most celebrated… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Restaurateur Toots Shor gets an overdue documentary close-up courtesy of his granddaughter, director Kristi Jacobson, in the enjoyable, well-assembled Toots."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Cheers to Ms. Jacobson for keeping alive the memory of New York nightlife's golden era, and a man who embodied it."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"Toots is a euphoric rewind to a bygone era when the speakeasies and the saloon congregations drew a faithful patronage that rivaled the Catholic Church."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"You see Toots, and you wish you had been there."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Toots leaves you longing for a more public culture, for places where the palship isn't just the upshot of intoxication. It's a cinematic happy hour."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"A real treat and a booster shot of sweet nostalgia."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Affectionately and vividly recalls a bygone New York era."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A nostalgic, meticulously researched full course meal from granddaughter Kristi Jacobson that will whet appetites of fest, specialty and tube diners."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Charts with unabashed affection its subject's rise from Jewish discrimination as a kid in South Philly to magnetic celebrity and close friend to Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Joe Dimagio, and Frank Gifford."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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