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Ding Dong Williams (1946)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 15 April 1946 (USA)
Ding Dong Williams, a clarinet player who can neither read nor write music is employed at a motion picture studio. The studio plans to use him and his six-piece band but his musical ... See full summary »


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Richard English (from the Collier's magazine stories), Brenda Weisberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Glen Vernon ... Ding Dong Williams (as Glenn Vernon)
Marcy McGuire ... Miss Angela Jones
Felix Bressart ... Hugo Meyerheld
Anne Jeffreys ... Vanessa Page - formerly Mary McCoy
James Warren ... Steve Moore
William B. Davidson ... Mr. Saul Dana (as William Davidson)
Tommy Noonan ... Zang (as Tom Noonan)
Cliff Nazarro ... Zing
Ruth Lee Ruth Lee ... Laura Cooper
Jason Robards Sr. ... Director Kenmore (as Jason Robards)
Bob Nolan ... Bob - Sons of the Pioneers Leader
Sons of the Pioneers ... Sons of the Pioneers
Richard Korbel Richard Korbel ... Introducing 11-year Old Concert Pianist


Ding Dong Williams, a clarinet player who can neither read nor write music is employed at a motion picture studio. The studio plans to use him and his six-piece band but his musical deficiencies are discovered and the plan scrapped. But the secretary of the head of the music department intercedes on his behalf and he is given a chance in the film. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

15 April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melody Maker See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Sherwood, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The onscreen credits for the source are "Collier's magazine stories" by Richard English, but the Screen Achievements Bulletin credits only "Strictly Ding Dong" in the Collier's issue of 25 June 1938. Perhaps "Ding Dong Gives" in Collier's issue of 28 October 1939, and other Richard English stories were also sources. See more »


Referenced in Dick Tracy (1945) See more »


Piano Concerto in A Minor, Opus 16
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Edvard Grieg
Played by the studio orchestra conducted by C. Bakaleinikoff with Richard Korbel at the piano
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Better Than The Title Suggests (as what wouldn't be?)
19 September 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This is a 1946 movie about music that was current then but it doesn't seem dated.

Felix Bressart as the only recognizable performer is not a good sign, at all; but this is sweet and it's fun and has something for anyone who likes music.

We have jazz. We have country and western. And we have a child playing concert piano.

None is looked down on in a smirking fashion, though jazz is the star of this slight, appealing movie.

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