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Ding Dong Williams (1946)

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Ding Dong Williams, a clarinet player who can neither read nor write music is employed at a motion picture studio. The studio plans to use him and his six-piece band but his musical ... See full summary »

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(magazine stories "Strictly Ding Dong" and others in Collier's magazine), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Glen Vernon ...
Ding Dong Williams (as Glenn Vernon)
Marcy McGuire ...
Miss Angela Jones
Felix Bressart ...
Hugo Meyerheld
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Vanessa Page - formerly Mary McCoy
James Warren ...
Steve Moore
William B. Davidson ...
Mr. Saul Dana (as William Davidson)
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Zang (as Tom Noonan)
Cliff Nazarro ...
Ruth Lee ...
Laura Cooper
Jason Robards Sr. ...
Director Kenmore (as Jason Robards)
Bob Nolan ...
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Richard Korbel ...
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Ding Dong Williams, a clarinet player who can neither read nor write music is employed at a motion picture studio. The studio plans to use him and his six-piece band but his musical deficiencies are discovered and the plan scrapped. But the secretary of the head of the music department intercedes on his behalf and he is given a chance in the film. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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15 April 1946 (USA)  »

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Melody Maker  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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The onscreen credits for the source are "Collier's magazine stories" by Richard English, but the Screen Achievements Bulletin credits only "Strictly Ding Dong" in the Collier's issue of 25 June 1938. Perhaps "Ding Dong Gives" in Collier's issue of 28 October 1939, and other Richard English stories were also sources. See more »

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Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
(1809) (uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Excerpts in the score when Hugo talks to his Beethoven bust
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"Zing and Zang are here to write down what Ding Dong plays."
22 June 2006 | by (Arroyo Grande, California) – See all my reviews

Thank goodness TCM is around to show these little wonders. Movies like this hardly ever see the light of day, and when you DO see them, they can really drop your jaw. With Ding Dong Williams it's like someone took a blunderbuss, stuffed it with 10 rejected scripts, and fired it at a caged screenwriter. The result is mesmerizing.

Most movies pick a theme and go with it, no matter how bad that theme might be. This is more like movie-making improv. The female lead seems to be trying to channel Judy Garland, and the musical numbers appear to be fighting with one another for screen time. With lines like, "Zing and Zang are here to write down what Ding Dong plays", the editor apparently snuck out of the production early on. Zany does not describe the "comedy" correctly. Stupifying is a better word.

This movie is not particularly offensive, but I can't imagine why anyone made it. But again, even the most obscure movie is represented on IMDb, although this is the first one I've seen here that has no foreign voters at all.

Much like a car wreck, Ding Dong Williams is a mess, but it's hard to look away from the carnage.


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