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Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

PG | | Comedy | 26 May 1976 (USA)
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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.

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Michael Winner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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 sucess. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Introducing The Dog Who Launched 1000 Stars. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

The film was originally called "Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Warner Brothers". It was based on the career of Rin Tin Tin. The story was written by Cy Howard in 1971. He hired Arnold Schulman to write the script. It was developed by David Picker at Warner Brothers. He took the script with him when he moved to Paramount Pictures, causing the title to be changed. Filming started in August 1975. See more »

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Moments after they emerge from ocean soaking wet, Estie and Won Ton Ton are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Estie Del Ruth: Success is nothing without the dog you love to share it with.
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Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Dagger-Dance
from the opera, "Natoma"
Written by Victor Herbert (as V. Herbert)
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One Cool Parody
16 November 2007 | by billyjwsSee all my reviews

It has been thirty years since I saw this movie when released for TV. The first thing that caught my attention was the movie was promoted for having a CAVALCADE OF STARS. There is a myriad of cameo appearances by stars from the past.

The story line starts out rather slowly, and I was fortunate to be patient enough until an actual plot began to develop. Similar to a good book, you almost don't make it to the point when it becomes interesting and then the fun begins and you have a hard time putting it down. It's a parody on former Hollywood Stars, their ego's and excesses. Very amusing yet silly, but there is realistic parallel to the current tribulations of today,s pop stars L.Lohnan and B. Spears.

I can't understand why it has not been shown on a Movie Channel This movie has somewhat of a cultishness to it. As a young boy Rin Tin Tin was and always will be my favorite but when looking for an unusual ethereal type movie WON TON TON is the STAR.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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