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Ding Dong Williams (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 15 April 1946 (USA)
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 »



(from the Collier's magazine stories), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Glen Vernon ...
Ding Dong Williams (as Glenn Vernon)
Hugo Meyerheld
Vanessa Page - formerly Mary McCoy
Mr. Saul Dana (as William Davidson)
Zang (as Tom Noonan)
Ruth Lee ...
Laura Cooper
Director Kenmore (as Jason Robards)
Sons of the Pioneers ...
Sons of the Pioneers
Richard Korbel ...
Introducing 11-year Old Concert Pianist


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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to a story in the Hollywood Reporter, this was to be the first in a series of movies based on the Ding Dong character, but no other movie was ever made. See more »


Referenced in Dick Tracy (1945) See more »


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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Music for the movies
24 June 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Director Kenmore is in trouble because his latest film has no musical score. Never fear, enter Angela, the daughter of the man in charge of the musical department of the studio. She has fallen in love with the music of a young clarinetist, Ding Dong Williams, who she thinks is a genius creating his own melodies. The only problem is, Ding Dong has no idea what notes to put on paper because he is not professionally trained to write music that way. Everythng he plays comes from memory.

Angela gets Ding Dong to come to the studio, where he is surprised to see some of his idols, like Steve Moore, the cowboy star, and other favorites. Angela gets an idea to engage two talented guys in the studio who can transcribe to paper Ding Dong Williams' compositions, something better said than done. Getting Ding Dong in the right mood, and or, in a quiet place where he can play becomes the biggest challenge Zang and Zing have ever encountered in their lives.

This RKO "feel good" comedy of 1946, came out following WWII, as audiences wanted to be entertained, which is the sole purpose of this comedy with music. Directed by William Berke, it has some good performances by the perky Marcy McGuire, who is seen as Angela, and Glen Verdon, a talented musician. Also in the film we see Felix Bressart, James Warren, Anne Jeffreys, the funny Tommy Noonan and Cliff Nazarro, as Zang and Zing, the music transcribers, Ruth Lee and Jason Robards Sr.

There is a great rendition of "Cool Water" by James Warren and his cowboy friends. Also the child prodigy, pianist Richard Korbel, appears playing the first movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto, and excerpts from Beethoven and Chopin's Fantasy-Impromptu with great flair.

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