Stork Derby

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Based on a true story, the Canadian TV movie The Stork Derby begins with the death of wealthy Toronto lawyer and lifelong bachelor Charles Vance Miller (Frank Fontaine). Going through Miller's effects, his lawyers discover that he intended to divide his fortune among the Canadian women who would deliver the most babies within a decade after his birth. Fueled by the circulation-hungry Toronto Daily Star, "The Great Toronto Stork Derby" held the Dominion in thrall throughout the Depression years, with hundreds and ...
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Based on a true story, the Canadian TV movie The Stork Derby begins with the death of wealthy Toronto lawyer and lifelong bachelor Charles Vance Miller (Frank Fontaine). Going through Miller's effects, his lawyers discover that he intended to divide his fortune among the Canadian women who would deliver the most babies within a decade after his birth. Fueled by the circulation-hungry Toronto Daily Star, "The Great Toronto Stork Derby" held the Dominion in thrall throughout the Depression years, with hundreds and thousands of women hoping to escape the ravages of the Depression via mass procreation. The contest boils down to three front runners: French-Canadian Vivanne Kennelly (Pascale Montpetit), whose anxiousness to win at all costs leads to tragedy; Colleen Brant (Janine Thierault), who has multiple babies by multiple fathers; and Gina Bonaggio (Ellen David), an impoverished Italian immigrant. Dutifully chronicling each twist and turn of the contest is Canada's only female journalist Kate Harrington (Megan Follows), who at first regards the whole affair as demeaning to women, but ultimately becomes an ardent crusader for fair play when, during the 1938 court trial that will determine the winner, it becomes painfully obvious that the Canadian government will succumb to traditional colonial bigotry and see to it that no "inferior" women--that is, non-white non-Protestants--will benefit from Miller's legacy. Adapted from a book by Elizabeth Wilton, The Story Derby made its CBC debut on January 8, 2002, and shortly thereafter was shown in the U.S. courtesy of the Lifetime cable network.
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Special Features

Interactive menu; Chapter selection; Full screen presentation
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • UPC: 779836242594
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Direct Source Label
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joshua Archambault Bobby Kennelly
Kyra Azzopardi Maggie Kennelly
Jim Bradford Judge Carrington
Ellen David Gina Bonaggio
Ian Finlay James Crandell
Megan Follows
Frank Fontaine Charles Vance Miller
Dawn Ford Mrs. Flanigan
Arthur Grosser Mr. Harcourt
Stuart Hughes Sam Gregory
Walter Massey Mr. Walden
Wayne McNamara Helmut Schmidt
Joel McKinnon Miller Rev. Sinclair
Pascale Montpetit
John Neville Mr. Cunningham
Eric Peterson Max Macleod
Bill Rowat Tom Watson
Terry Simpson Mike Kennelly
Giuseppe Tancredi Tony Bonaggio
Janine Theriault Colleen Brant
R.H. Thomas Hugh McLean
Marie Turgeon Colette Gregory
Robin Wilcock Bennet
Kevin Woodhouse Mr. Brant
Edward Yankie Lenny Maddox
Technical Credits
Mario Azzopardi Director, Executive Producer
David C. Burt Score Composer
Marc Cholette Score Composer
John Doerr Score Composer
Serge Ladouceur Cinematographer
Evan Landis Editor
Irene Litinsky Producer
Karyn Nolan Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Prupas Executive Producer
Jean Baptiste Tard Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Stork Derby
1. Chapter 1 [15:32]
2. Chapter 2 [16:55]
3. Chapter 3 [15:46]
4. Chapter 4 [14:57]
5. Chapter 5 [17:06]
6. Chapter 6 [12:34]
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Disc #1 -- The Stork Derby
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