WON TON TON: THE DOG WHO SAVED HOLLYWOOD REVIEWED
“Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood” showcases a weird micro-trend within the early-mid 1970s. The big studios were obsessed with looking back at the Golden Age of Hollywood. The “That’s Entertainment” series had been a success, so there was surely more gold to be mined. Naturally, Paramount decided to hire the guy that directed Death Wish to make an all-ages comedy about a dog trying to make it in Hollywood. Along for the ride are Bruce Dern and Madeline Kahn as two loveable screw-ups with big dreams.
The legions of cameos from nearly dead Hollywood stars is amazing. When you make Art Cartney look young, that’s how you can tell that the rest of the cast is punching above 100. Before you gawk at the geriatric Where’s Waldo session, there’s all of those casting couch near rape scenes to view. I miss the days of old when this kind of stuff could slip into a major film without a shitty retail clerk feeling the need to make a thinkpiece. The times were rough and nostalgia made them odder. Thankfully, we had Won Ton Ton to see us through.
Won Ton Ton died in 1934 after the failure of his follow-up film “Prohibition Puppies of 1933”.
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