Toni

Cinema poster of Toni (Jack Buchanan) dressed in a suit and top hat peeking out from behind a red panel.
Title:
Toni
NFSA ID:
1499968
Year:
1929
Category:
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This poster features a relatively simple design of Toni (Jack Buchanan) dressed in a suit and top hat peeking out from behind a red panel. The top hat is an immediate signifier of the British class structure which is then undercut by Toni’s somewhat dimwitted expression. It is an effective poster because we immediately know that this film is a comedy of errors, rendering unnecessary the short synopsis of the film in small print.

Toni is a wealthy son who decides to impersonate an amateur detective. Jack Buchanan was known for playing English gentlemen, despite being Scottish. The play the film was based on was written by an Australian actor and playwright, Dion Titheradge.