One of the first recorded soundtracks for a Canadian film.
John Bath, who then lived and composed in Canada, is the son of the famous British film composer, Hubert Bath. John Bath was born in London in 1913, and grew up in an atmosphere of music and motion pictures. He started film work at the old Gaumont-British studios. Since that time he had worked as composer, music editor and music director on over 150 films. Previous to his work on "NOW THAT APRIL'S HERE", he scored two features for Regal-Fox, "Flaming Frontier" and "Wolf Dog", American productions filmed in Canada.
The stories of celebrated Canadian author Morley Callaghan provide the source material for this rarely seen dramatic anthology, a bold endeavor from the embryonic days of Canada's feature film industry. NOW THAT APRIL'S HERE, in its four stories, examines a group of people fumbling with the complexities of love set in the time between winter bids farewell and spring arrives with a promise of fresh beginnings. The film was shot on the streets of Toronto, Ontario in 1957 and was one of the first Canadian feature films to be produced outside of Quebec. “Silk Stockings” is about a shy teenager buying a gift out of love for his landlady’s daughter only to be disappointed in his affections. “Rocking Chair” is about a widower rebuffing his late wife’s friendship out of loyalty. “The Rejected One” is about a humble shop girl being insulted and scorned over supper by her rich boyfriend’s family. “A Sick Call” is about young woman returning to Catholicism on her sickbed over the objections of her Protestant husband, who fears religion will come between them during a priest’s visit.
Cast: Beth Amos, Josephine Barrington, Sheila Billing, Katharine Blake, Don Borisenko, Rolf Carston, Anne Collings, Fred Diehl, Pam D'Orsay,
John Drainie, Nancy Lou Gill, Tony Grey, Alan Hood, Art Jenoff, Michael Mann, Raymond Massey, Walter Massey, Paisley Maxwell, Kathy McNeil, Alan Rose, Georges Toupin, Judy Welch
Produced by William Davidson and Norman Klenman
Screenplay by Norman Klenman
Directed by William Davidson
Narrated by Raymond Massey
Director of photography: William H. Gimmi
Score composed by John Bath
Recorded at Toronto Sound Studios, Toronto, Ontario
Engineered by A. James Willis
Cover photo by Horst Ehricht