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The Stork Derby (2002)

The story of a bizarre bequest of a wealthy late Canadian lawyer: the woman who birthed the most children in the City of Toronto within a certain time period would inherit a fortune in the midst of the Great Depression.

Director:

Mario Azzopardi

Writers:

Karyn Nolan (screenplay), Elizabeth Wilton (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Megan Follows ... Kate Harrington
Pascale Montpetit ... Vivianne Kennelly
Terry Simpson Terry Simpson ... Mike Kennelly
Kyra Azzopardi Kyra Azzopardi ... Maggie Kennelly
Joshua Archambault Joshua Archambault ... Bobby Kennelly
Ellen David ... Gina Bonaggio
Giuseppe Tancredi Giuseppe Tancredi ... Tony Bonaggio
Janine Theriault ... Colleen Brant
Edward Yankie Edward Yankie ... Lenny Maddox
R.H. Thomson ... Hugh McLean
Eric Peterson ... Max Macleod
John Neville ... Mr. Cunningham
Stuart Hughes ... Sam Gregory
Ian Finlay Ian Finlay ... James Crandell
Joel Miller Joel Miller ... Reverend Sinclair
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In 1926, when Charles Millar a wealthy never-married lawyer, died in Toronto, Canada, it was discovered that he had bequeathed a million dollars to the woman in Toronto who would have the most babies in the ten years after his death! This 'news' made headlines around the world and created one of the very first media frenzies that became known as the 'The Great Toronto Stork Derby'. The Toronto Daily Star sponsored race-coverage that spanned more than ten years, culminating in a sensational court case. What was perceived by many as a sick joke, proved tragic for many others, especially the poor and disenfranchised, who saw in this an opportunity to finally break free from the harsh and grueling realities of the thirties. The three front-runners were soon identified. The first was Vivianne Kennelly, a feisty, uneducated woman of French Canadian heritage, a devoted mother who believed that she had psychic relationship with the deceased Mr. Millar and that he had assured her that she ... Written by Betty Palik

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Just proves that even a dead lawyer can scam you out of money
3 July 2019 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

During the depression there were the "Have's" and mostly the "Have Not's". This made for TV film is based on factual events about a dead lawyer who in 1926 leaves in his will that the Toronto, Onraio, Canadian woman who has born the most babies in the 10 years after his death, will recieve an award of one (1) million dollars. So the stork race begins with the largest newspaper in the country the Toronto Star, promoting who the leading candidates are since they had birthed several babies in the few years after their beneficiary's death.

The film refelects these publicized families as good Catholics who seem to pop babies out at will, one right after the other, but mostly in poverty. There is a twist at the end of this film that is reflective of the varying degrees of a families status based on their income, residence, as well as their ethnic race and religious background. Mrs. Shullivan and I both found the film enlightening, with very good acting. Our overall opinion of the trade of being a lawyer just becomes even more smarmy and untrustworthy based on the actual behaviour of the deceased Toronto Lawyer Charles Millar a wealthy never-married lawyer, who in 1926 placed in his last testament and will a prize of one (1) million dollars to the woman who bore the most babies in the next 10 years since his death and what turned out to be a rigged contest from the get go.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 January 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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