|Source: Ottawa Citizen, May 23, 1959.|
This is currently my favorite photo of Franchot. In a flannel shirt and casual hat, a proud Franchot, with his catch of the day, looks so relaxed and completely in his element in the Canadian woods. The caption that accompanied this photo reads, "Franchot Tone, veteran of stage, screen and television and many a marital outing, answered the call of the wild once again this week. With some Canadian friends, Tone trekked into the northern Pontiac for a week's fishing and impressed The Citizen's Fish and Game Editor Vern Bower with his ways in the outdoors. A rugged individualist, Tone resembled anything but the suave screen lover when he emerged from the bush. His weather-wracked face was beaming as he waved a pair of speckled trout."
His friend Burgess Meredith wrote in his 1994 autobiography, "Tone had a secret side to him. It was his love of the Canadian woods. He was a fine woodsman." Archival Ottawa Citizen newspaper articles make many references to Franchot and his father's trips to their Canadian homestead as well as their reputation as outdoorsmen.