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Director:
Writers:
Arnold Schulman (written by) and
Cy Howard (written by)
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Release Date:
26 May 1976 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Introducing The Dog Who Launched 1000 Stars.
Plot:
In 1924 Estie comes to Hollywood to become an actress, but the dog, that followed her becomes the star. But Hollywood has its own rules of success. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
One of those "Guilty Pleasures" Movies See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Dennis Morgan ... Tour Guide

Shecky Greene ... Tourist

Phil Leeds ... Dog Catcher
Cliff Norton ... Dog Catcher

Madeline Kahn ... Estie Del Ruth

Teri Garr ... Fluffy Peters
Romo Vincent ... Short Order Cook

Bruce Dern ... Grayson Potchuck

Sterling Holloway ... Old Man on Bus
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Man on Bus (as William Benedict)
Dorothy Gulliver ... Old Woman on Bus

William Demarest ... Studio Gatekeeper

Art Carney ... J.J. Fromberg

Virginia Mayo ... Miss Battley

Henny Youngman ... Manny Farber

Rory Calhoun ... Philip Hart

Billy Barty ... Assistant Director

Henry Wilcoxon ... Silent Film Director

Ricardo Montalban ... Silent Film Star

Jackie Coogan ... Stagehand 1

Aldo Ray ... Stubby Stebbins

Ethel Merman ... Hedda Parsons

Yvonne De Carlo ... Cleaning Woman

Joan Blondell ... Landlady

Andy Devine ... Priest in Dog Pound

Broderick Crawford ... Special Effects Man

Richard Arlen ... Silent Film Star 2
Jack La Rue ... Silent Film Villain

Dorothy Lamour ... Visiting Film Star

Phil Silvers ... Murray Fromberg
Nancy Walker ... Mrs. Fromberg

Gloria DeHaven ... President's Girl 1 (as Gloria De Haven)
Louis Nye ... Radio Interviewer

Johnny Weissmuller ... Stagehand 2
Stepin Fetchit ... Dancing Butler
Ken Murray ... Souvenir Salesman

Rudy Vallee ... Autograph Hound
George Jessel ... Awards Announcer

Rhonda Fleming ... Rhoda Flaming

Ann Miller ... President's Girl 2

Dean Stockwell ... Paul Lavell
Dick Haymes ... James Crawford

Tab Hunter ... David Hamilton
Robert Alda ... Richard Entwhistle
Eli Mintz ... Tailor

Ron Leibman ... Rudy Montague
Fritz Feld ... Rudy's Butler
Edward Ashley ... Second Butler
Kres Mersky ... Girl in Arab Film
Jane Connell ... Waitress

Janet Blair ... President's Girl 3
Dennis Day ... Singing Telegraph Man

Mike Mazurki ... Studio Guard
The Ritz Brothers ... Cleaning Women
Jesse White ... Rudy's Agent

Carmel Myers ... Woman Journalist

Jack Carter ... Male Journalist
Jack Bernardi ... Fluffy's Escort

Victor Mature ... Nick

Barbara Nichols ... Nick's Girl

Army Archerd ... Premiere MC

Fernando Lamas ... Premiere Male Star

Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Premiere Female Star

Cyd Charisse ... President's Girl 4
Huntz Hall ... Moving Man

Doodles Weaver ... Man in Mexican Film

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Mexican Projectionist (as Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales)
Edward Le Veque ... Prostitute Customer (as Eddie Le Veque)
Edgar Bergen ... Professor Quicksand
Ronny Graham ... Mark Bennett

Morey Amsterdam ... Custard Pie Star
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Custard Pie Star

Peter Lawford ... Slapstick Star
Patricia Morison ... Star at Screening

Guy Madison ... Star at Screening

Regis Toomey ... Burlesque Stagehand

Alice Faye ... Secretary at Gate

Ann Rutherford ... Grayson's Studio Secretary

Milton Berle ... Blind Man
James Brodhead ... Priest (as James E. Brodhead)

John Carradine ... Drunk

Keye Luke ... Cook in Kitchen

Walter Pidgeon ... Grayson's Butler
Augustus von Schumacher ... Won Ton Ton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Bankel ... Cop Outside Theater (uncredited)

Toni Basil ... Awards Ceremony Guest (uncredited)
Brian Gusse ... Cop Outside Theater (uncredited)
Harry Ritz ... Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
Jimmy Ritz ... Cleaning Woman (uncredited)

Marty Thomas ... Troublemaker Outside Theater (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Winner 
 
Writing credits
Arnold Schulman (written by) and
Cy Howard (written by)

Produced by
David V. Picker .... producer
Arnold Schulman .... producer
Michael Winner .... producer
Tim Zinnemann .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Neal Hefti 
 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
 
Art Direction by
Ward Preston 
 
Set Decoration by
Ned Parsons 
 
Makeup Department
Billy Laughridge .... hair stylist (as Billie Laughridge)
Phil Rhodes .... makeup artist (as Philip Rhodes)
Claude Díaz .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tim Zinnemann .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Okun .... assistant director
Arne Schmidt .... second assistant director
John 'Bud' Cardos .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Bruce Wayne Mecchi .... set dresser (uncredited)
Kevin Pike .... custom props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Post .... sound recordist (as Bob Post)
Terry Rawlings .... sound editor (as Terence Rawlings)
Hugh Strain .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Stunts
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt driver
Janet Brady .... stunts
Alan Gibbs .... stunt coordinator
James M. Halty .... stunt driver
Rick Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Lang .... electrician
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator
John Toll .... first assistant camera
 
Transportation Department
James D. Brubaker .... transportation captain (as James Brubaker)
 
Other crew
Gene Levy .... auditor
Laurence Mark .... assistant: Mr. Picker
Karl Lewis Miller .... dog trainer (as Karl Miller)
Lou Schumacher .... dog furnisher
John Smallcombe .... assistant: Mr. Winner
Charles A. Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Marion Dougherty .... special thanks
Elliot Shoenman .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (1978) (cut) | Finland:K-16 (1977) (uncut) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Janet Blair's final cinematic appearance.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Moments after they emerge from ocean soaking wet, Estie and Won Ton Ton are completely dry.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Pretty Ladies (1925)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dagger-DanceSee more »

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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
One of those "Guilty Pleasures" Movies, 23 May 2004
Author: Gavno (quixote2@ix.netcom.com) from Mad City, Wisconsin

EVERY movie nut has a few in his collection that he hides from his friends... films that "aren't cool", trashy films with no redeeming social value, outrageous films with no importance whatever. Films that you secretly watch from time to time just because they're FUN!

I'll come clean here... ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, POOTIE TANG, SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, CANDY and ROCK & ROLL HIGH SCHOOL are among MY Guilty Pleasures.

An outstanding member of my back-of-the-shelf collection is WON TON TON, THE DOG WHO SAVED Hollywood.

This one is DEFINITELY for those folks whose knowledge of American cinema goes back a LONG way... back to the Mack Sennett comedies, and to the days before Hollywood became a multibillion dollar Money Machine. It's a sort of Love Letter to the silent screen stars of the 1920's; they appear in a copious number of cameos here. If you don't know who the Ritz Brothers were, you won't get this film!

Madelein Kahn literally steals the show from a somewhat dopey German Shepard, a MAJOR achievement for ANY actor or actress! There's an old stage saying that one should NEVER work with kids or animals; they'll steal your scenes every time without even trying. Kahn MORE than held her own, even successfully stealing scenes from the pooch. Check out the scene where the roast chicken falls off of the delivery truck, and Kahn and Won Ton Ton fight over possession of it. She just DUSTED the dog, and overall HE comes off as the comedic straight man!

The only other recent actor that comes close to this level of thespian gallantry and sheer talent is Jim Bellushi in his performance in K9... he's ANOTHER screwball comedian who can pull it off successfully.

Bruce Dern's performance is somewhat wooden. Dern's persona literally radiates instability and danger... NOT good for comedy. He's gamely going through the motions here; it quickly becomes painfully apparent that Dern, as fine an actor as he is, has NO potential in comedic roles.

Art Carney does his usual masterful job of playing a curmudgeonly movie producer, constantly shooting down Dern's half baked movie ideas ("There's this little girl in Kansas, see, and a tornado takes her and her house to this magic land, somewhere over the rainbow...").

One of the unsung heros here is Ron Liebman; he shows a flair for subtle comedy that's totally unexpected.

It's not a film for everyone; a LOT of folks will HATE it. But.. if you love the REALLY old movies, and you can FIND it, WON TON TON is good for an evening's entertainment.

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