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

PG | | Comedy | 26 May 1976 (USA)
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 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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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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When Movies Were Silent - His Was the Bark Heard 'Round the World See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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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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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two cinema movie collaborations of Victor Mature and Director Michael Winner. The other being Firepower (1979). See more »

Goofs

Date on Won Ton Ton's slab in courtyard of Grauman's Chinese Theater is dated 1923 - but theater didn't even open until 1927. See more »

Quotes

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

References Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme
from The Godfather (1972)
Written by Nino Rota
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Madeline Kahn in a gem of a performance!
1 January 2006 | by DomCom1957See all my reviews

Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood is by far a comedy masterpiece, but it stars the lovely Madeline Kahn in a truly hysterical performance. She rises so above the material. She possesses the same kind of movie magic of the screwball comediennes of the 30's and 40's and even comes off much better. I think if Madeline Kahn were a star in those days we would have had at least 100 films starring her. But when she made her film debut in 1972 she was a true Hollywood find. After all her first four movies are all now classics and two considered masterpieces. Not to mention two Oscar nominations. But with all that greatness the movie studios offered her parts in so-so comedies. I mean she made some more very good films, but not up to her first four. She was as beautiful and extremely talented as all her peers of the day. I always felt she was one day going to get her Academy Award in her older years, but unfortunately she died much too soon. Bruce Dern, Art Carney, Teri Garr, Phil Silvers, Ron Liebman, Nancy Walker and so many stars from the past appear in this take off on Rin Tin Tin. Paramount has yet to release it on DVD. 2006 is here today and its the films 30th anniversary. I wish they would release it for us all to enjoy and cherish a underrated performance from Madeline Kahn.


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