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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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Felix Bressart ...
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)
Cliff Nazarro ...
Ruth Lee ...
Laura Cooper
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Director Kenmore (as Jason Robards)
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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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15 April 1946 (USA)  »

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Melody Maker  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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 »

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Referenced in Dick Tracy (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Candlelight and Wine
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Played at the nightclub and sung by Anne Jeffreys
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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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