When a desperate studio head (Art Carney) decides to make a mongrel dog into a movie star, the pooch’s wild success spells opportunity for a would-be starlet (Madeline Kahn) and a wannabe producer (Bruce Dern). But when one of Won Ton Ton’s films tanks, the ride on the gravy train may be over. Michael Winner directs this wild spoof of 1920s Hollywood, featuring cameos by a host of film legends including Phil Silvers and Milton Berle.
Michael Robert Winner (born 30 October 1935) is a British film director and producer, active in both Europe and the United States, also known as a food critic for the Sunday Times.
Winner was born in London, England, the son of Helen (née Zloty) and George Joseph Winner, a company director. His family was Jewish; his mother was a native of Poland and his father was of Russian extraction. Winner’s late father was a Freemason. He was educated at St Christopher School and Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied law and economics. He also edited the university’s student newspaper, Varsity. Winner had earlier written a newspaper column, ‘Michael Winner’s Showbiz Gossip,’ in the Kensington Post from the age of 14. The first issue of Showgirl Glamour Revue in 1955 has him writing another film and showbusiness gossip column, “Winner’s World”. Such jobs allowed him to meet and interview several leading film personalities, including James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. He also wrote… read more