The Stork Derby (2002)





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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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Megan Follows
as Kate Harrington
Pascale Montpetit
as Vivianne Kennelly
Terry Simpson
as Mike Kennelly
Eric Peterson
as Max Macleod
Joshua Archambault
as Bobby Kennelly
Ellen Cohen
as Gina Bonaggio
Ellen David
as Gina Bonaggio
Stuart Hughes
as Sam Gregory
Giuseppe Tancredi
as Tony Bonaggio
Janine Theriault
as Colleen Brant
Edward Yankie
as Lenny Maddox
R.H. Thomson
as Hugh McLean
R.H. Thomas
as Hugh McLean
Kyra Azzopardi
as Maggie Kennelly
John Neville
as Mr. Cunningham
Ian Finlay
as James Crandell
Joel Miller
as Reverend Sinclair
Joel McKinnon Miller
as Rev. Sinclair
Bill Rowat
as Tom Watson
Jim Bradford
as Judge Carrington
Arthur Grosser
as Mr. Harcourt
Walter Massey
as Mr. Walden
Frank Fontaine
as Charles Vance Miller
Kevin Woodhouse
as Mr. Brant
Wayne McNamara
as Helmut Schmidt
Marie Turgeon
as Colette Gregory
Robin Wilcock
as Bennet
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