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Toots Shor is many things to many people,” said Edward R. Murrow of the legendary Manhattan saloonkeeper in 1955. A friend to the famous, a crook to the feds, father, brother, gambler, bum, but most of all Toots Shor was the owner of America’s greatest saloon. Directed by his granddaughter, TOOTS is a provocative, loving and unmistakably authentic portrait of the self-made, unapologetic and quintessentially American man who became the unlikely den-mother to the heroes of America's golden age. Politicians and gangsters, sports heroes and movie stars Sinatra, Gleason, DiMaggio, Ruth, Costello, Eisenhower, Nixon, Warren--for 30 years, they all found their way to Toots' eponymous saloon on New York's West 51st Street. From its post-WW II heyday to its devastating decline in the 1970s, TOOTS reveals as much about the city Toots loved as it does about this self-made, unapologetic, quintessentially American man and his enduring legacy.
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