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on September 23, 2016
I ordered this movie from amazon in the summer and we watched it today. It is a good movie about a german shepherd named won ton ton that really liked an actress named este(madeline kahn). He followed her all over the place. He even found her when she married the bus driver played by bruce dern, who also seen the dog. It has a lot of old time movie stars in, so keep your watch out for them throughout the movie. Won ton became a star in hollywood and even put his footprints in the hollywood walk of fame. It is a good movie for young and old. even your dog might like it!
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WON TON TON, THE DOG THAT SAVED HOLLYWOOD (1976) is a story set in silent-era Hollywood of a starlet, a hack screenwriter and a German Shepherd. The script is slight, but the cast memorable:

Bruce Dern/Madeline Kahn/Art Carney/Phil Silvers/Teri Garr/Ron Leibman

With cameos by (listed alphabetically):
Robert Alda/Morey Amsterdam/Army Archerd/Richard Arlen/Billy Barty/Edgar Bergen/Milton Berle/Janet Blair/Joan Blondell/Rory Calhoun/John Carradine/Jack Carter/Cyd Charisse/Jackie Coogan/Broderick Crawford/Dennis Day/Yvonne De Carlo/Gloria DeHaven/William Demarest/Andy Devine/Alice Faye/Stepin Fetchit/Rhonda Fleming/Eddie Foy Jr./Zsa Zsa Gabor/Shecky Greene/Huntz Hall/Dick Haymes/Sterling Holloway/Tab Hunter/George Jessel/Fernando Lamas/Dorothy Lamour/Jack La Rue/Peter Lawford/Phil Leeds/Keye Luke/Guy Madison/Victor Mature/Virginia Mayo/Mike Mazurki/Ethel Merman/Ann Miller/Ricardo Montalban/Dennis Morgan/Ken Murray/Louis Nye/Walter Pidgeon/Aldo Ray/Ann Rutherford/Dean Stockwell/Regis Toomey/Rudy Vallee/Nancy Walker/Doodles Weaver/Johnny Weissmuller/Jesse White/Henry Wilcoxon/Henny Youngman

Richard Arlen, Jackie Coogan, Jack LaRue and Henry Wilcoxon were all silent screen stars. Doodles Weaver was a member of Spike Jones & his City Slickers; he narrated their horse race record "Feitelbaum." Billy Barty's stage career began in vaudeville when he was a young child. Also here are two of the (then) surviving Ritz Bros. and Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, whose surprisingly funny guest appearance on Groucho's YOU BET YOUR LIFE TV quiz show led to a film career!

There's too many other names here to go into each performer's resume; it's sufficient to observe that all of these folks had their heydays.

Pet lovers will also enjoy RHUBARB (1951), a screwball comedy about a cat that inherits a fortune and a baseball team.
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on July 19, 2013
This movie was recommended by a friend; I had never heard of it before. I was therefore floored by the list of stars it features.

It's a waste of acting talent, though, with no discernible character development in the script and direction. It is funny in places, and holds up a mirror to some of Hollywood's foibles (such as producers backing many bad sequels to a hit movie rather than taking a chance on any of the good story ideas that have to be out there).
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on July 9, 2013
A fun movie with many cameos. I found it hard to identify them all. The comedic acting is great, and Madeline Kahn is just wonderful; nice to see her in a good role.
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on June 17, 2016
If "stargazing" is your metier, this movie is for you. Enough stars to last a lifetime, as well as span generations! An amusing for-all-ages comedy, with a minimum of cloying, childish humour.

Not as sickeningly sweet as some films of this genre are, which to me, makes it worthwhile :-)
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on May 22, 2014
When I saw this movie in the theater I was wowed by the number of cameos of old Hollywood stars still alive in the 70s. I bought this DVD because Netflix doesn't carry it. What was I smoking ...er... thinking back then? The movie is nothing without the cameos, which aren't as terrific as I remember. And in all those years I still haven't changed my opinion about Victor Mature or the Ritz Brothers -- who, comedically, make Mr. Mature look like Groucho Marx. I had such a star crush on Madeline Kahn in those days, but even she and Bruce Dern couldn't save this turkey...I mean...dog of a movie. And, yes, by the end of this second viewing I even hated the %#$@ dog.
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on July 25, 2013
1976 saw the release of Won Ton Ton The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, and it is very good. I was lucky enough to see it in the theatre. Cameos were done by some of my favorite veteran stars Joan Blondell, Yvonne De Carlo, Tab Hunter, Ann Miller, and Barbara Nichols. A film you can watch with anybody.
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on July 15, 2008
The dog deserves an Academy award, and the satirical skits on Hollywood are great.It certainly was thrilling for me to see the stars of the 1930's & 1940's in the 1970's. Favorite gag- a pitchman says to a studio executive- "How about this idea for a movie, a tornado takes a girl from Kansas to a fantasy land where she meets a man made from tin, a lion, and a strawman." Executive- " Will you get out of here!"
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on May 31, 2017
nice take on rin tin tin hollywood era.
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on September 3, 2016
predictable; silly premise but got to see may of the "old time" actors.
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