The Man from Toronto

The Man from Toronto is a 1933 British romantic comedy film directed by Sinclair Hill and starring Jessie Matthews, Ian Hunter and Kathleen Harrison. 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.[2] Matthews was considered a rising film star at the time of the production, and she quickly became one of Gainsborough Pictures' leading names.

The Man from Toronto
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Directed bySinclair Hill
Produced byMichael Balcon
Screenplay byW.P. Lipscomb
Based onplay The Man from Toronto by Douglas Murray[1]
StarringJessie Matthews
Ian Hunter
Kathleen Harrison
Herbert Lomas
Music byLouis Levy
CinematographyLeslie Rowson
Edited byR.E. Dearing
Distributed byIdeal Films (UK)
Release date
January 1933
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Production began in July 1932. The film was shot at Islington Studios[3] and on location at Amberley in Sussex.[4] It was based on a play by Douglas Murray.[1] The film's art direction was by Alex Vetchinsky.[5]


Lawyer Bunston (Frederick Kerr) presides over an eccentric will stipulating that the Canadian Fergus Wimbush (Ian Hunter) and the English Leslie Farrar (Jessie Matthews) will inherit a million if they wed. As the couple have never met, 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.


Critical reception

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."[6]


  1. Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film". Walter de Gruyter via Google Books.
  2. "The Man from Toronto (1933)".
  3. Wood p.75
  4. Richards p.212
  6. "The Man From Toronto".


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Richards, Jeffrey. The Age of the Dream Palace: Cinema and Society in 1930s Britain. I.B Tauris, 2010.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927–1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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