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Montreal by night in 1959

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Who are the night people? In Montreal, CBC reporter Raoul Engel finds they're a varied bunch: hustlers, bums, leather-jacketed desperados, nightclub-goers, sailors, tourists, tabloid reporters, show people -- and strippers. In this segment from the CBC Radio program Cross Section, Engel talks to "Bubbles," who's tired of her night job. Later, a taxi driver tells Engel about the fares who want to find a "blind pig."

Medium: Radio
Program: Cross Section
Broadcast Date: Jan. 1, 1959
Reporter: Raoul Engel
Duration: 5:43

Did You know?


Cross Section was a program on the CBC's Dominion network that profiled many different segments of society. In 1959 alone that show covered topics as varied as young West Indian women working as domestics in Canada, modern eating habits, and American immigrants to Canada. There was also a long series on the Canadian education system, including discussions about French education for anglophone students.

 

• Raoul Engel, the reporter in this piece, went on to write for CBC Television's The Nature of Things and hosted a business information show called Money Talks in the 1970s.

 

 


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