|The Man from Toronto|
|Directed by||Sinclair Hill|
|Screenplay by||W. P. Lipscomb|
|Based on||play The Man from Toronto by Douglas Murray|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
|Edited by||R. E. Dearing|
|Music by||Louis Levy|
|Distributed by||Ideal Films (UK)|
The Man from Toronto is a 1933 British romantic comedy film directed by Sinclair Hill and starring Jessie Matthews, Ian Hunter and Frederick Kerr. After an inheritance is left to them if they marry, an Englishwoman and a Canadian must meet for the first time to investigate the other - with comedic results.Matthews was considered a rising film star at the time of the production, and she quickly became one of Gainsborough Pictures' leading names.
Lawyer Bunston (Frederick Kerr) informs Englishwoman Leslie Farrar (Jessie Matthews), his niece by marriage, that she will inherit a quarter of a million if she marries Canadian Fergus Wimbush. The trouble is they have never met. Leslie is furious, certain that the deceased made the will to get back at her for not marrying him by pressuring her to wed his nephew. When Leslie refuses to comply with the condition, Bunston lets Mrs. Hubbard's cottage for Leslie, as she must cut down on her expenses.
When the man from Toronto comes to England, Leslie poses as a parlour maid in order to better make his acquaintance, and the two fall in love anyway. When he finally discovers her real identity, he is furious and refuses to marry her, but she persuades him to change his mind.
Production began in July 1932. The film was shot at Islington Studiosand on location at Amberley in Sussex. It was based on a play by Douglas Murray. The film's art direction was by Alex Vetchinsky.
TV Guide gave the film two out of five stars, calling it "A little charmer," and concluded that, "Kerr, as the lawyer, does his best to pair the two off and carries the weight of the picture while doing so."
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