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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 »

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(from the Collier's magazine stories), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Glen Vernon ...
Ding Dong Williams (as Glenn Vernon)
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Hugo Meyerheld
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Vanessa Page - formerly Mary McCoy
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Mr. Saul Dana (as William Davidson)
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Zang (as Tom Noonan)
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Ruth Lee ...
Laura Cooper
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Director Kenmore (as Jason Robards)
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Sons of the Pioneers ...
Sons of the Pioneers
Richard Korbel ...
Introducing 11-year Old Concert Pianist
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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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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Referenced in Dick Tracy (1945) See more »

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I Saw You First
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Played on radio and sung by Marcy McGuire
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Odd musical comedy
13 September 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This unusual RKO musical comedy stars Glenn Vernon as a young jazzbo whose inability to read and write music almost loses him a lucrative gig at Sunrise Studios, one of the top movie makers in Hollywood. He's hired by dotty music department head Felix Brussart, whose Old World musical compositions are no longer sufficiently hip for the studio bosses. Young Marcy McGuire introduces him to Ding Dong, whose Gershwin-like stylings would seem to be just what the producers ordered--until they learn the young prodigy is a musical illiterate. Bearing a 1945 copyright date, Ding Dong Williams is the earliest film I've seen that incorporates the colloquialism 'groovy' in its dialogue. Filled with interesting character actors and odd cameos (including future Hideous Sun Demon Robert Clarke and real life musical director Bakaleinikoff), this is a mildly diverting oddity that will mostly appeal to fans of second features.


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