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Arnold Schulman (written by) and
Cy Howard (written by)
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Release Date:
26 May 1976 (USA) See more »
Introducing The Dog Who Launched 1000 Stars.
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 »
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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)

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
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)
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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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (1978) (cut) | Finland:K-16 (1977) (uncut) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Final film of Carmel Myers.See more »
Continuity: Moments after they emerge from ocean soaking wet, Estie and Won Ton Ton are completely dry.See more »
Estie Del Ruth:Success is nothing without the dog you love to share it with.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Jaws (1975)See more »
Paramount on ParadeSee more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
It's got its high points., 30 December 2010
Author: Blueghost from The San Francisco Bay Area

What can you say about a film that feels like a graduation exercise by the B-grade film students out of UCLA? "A, for effort." Now, not to get too side tracked here, but if SF State Students had done this film, it would have been all artsy and existential, but I digress.

"Won Ton Ton" is a nod to old Hollywood, and sends up the old classic system before the Golden Age of Hollywood. This was the period when visual gags and formulations that we see in today's films were forged and put on the screen for the first time for all to see. Pretty starlets in chorus lines, stage hands pretending to be big shots to take advantage of pretty young ladies, double dealing and creative bookeeping tinsel-town style, movie moguls and classic vaudeville actors are all showcased here.

One is hard pressed to malign the film, but let's face it, it's got charm but also some issues. The thing that somewhat torpedoes this film is the post production. The sound is raw. It's all scratch track (or mostly), and it gives the film a kind of amateurish family film feel, which makes it hard to accept the visual cues and other gags the movie trying to convey. There's some looped sounds, but one wonders why the post isn't a bit more refined.

For all that it's actually quite an endearing film. Certainly not the best, but definitely a charmer. A lot of classic faces from the 50s and 60s make cameos, and the lines they deliver are good, but the film is somewhat misdirected, and Bruce Dern (as good an actor as he is) seems somewhat odd for the role.

The film, as much work was put into this thing, seems a little on the low budget side. Still, after having viewing it after 30+ years later, I can still warm up to it some. It's really a film for industry insiders with as flare for their own history..

Then, there's the dog (or series of dogs used for the lead). This film and a few other shows popularized the German Shepard, and we see here the showcasing and capitalization of the Bavarian hound. Well, they say never work with children or animals, but Won Ton Ton holds its own in a low budget off-beat homage sort of way.

If you're a real Hollywood aficionado, then this film might satisfy. Otherwise maybe see it once, and then pass it off to a friend. :-)

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