Six American GIs stationed in Italy befriend an orphaned boy, but the soldiers remain unaware that the lad has stowed away with them when they return to the U.S. The six go their separate ... See full summary »

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Dealey
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Liz
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Walter Winchell
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Sergeant
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Sammy Boy
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Peewee
Louis Quinn ...
Dimmy
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Colonel
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Perky
Susan Kelly ...
Lt. Calhoun
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Jo-Jo
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Gladdy
William Wellman Jr. ...
Ted
Nola Thorp ...
Candy
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Sally
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Six American GIs stationed in Italy befriend an orphaned boy, but the soldiers remain unaware that the lad has stowed away with them when they return to the U.S. The six go their separate ways, leaving the tyke aloin in the big city. Now, New York becomes one big adventure for a little Italian boy named Dondi.

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The Kid Who Captured an Army!

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Music | War

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26 March 1961 (USA)  »

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Seis Guerreiros  »

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The entire background music score was composed for and played by a single, solo harmonica. See more »

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Perky: The kid needs a mother. Every kid needs a mother. Somebody to take his troubles to, or somebody to hear his prayers.
Peewee: Well, he could always bring his troubles to me. I'd be glad to hear his prayers. I like prayers.
Sammy Boy: You can't be no mother, Peewee. Mothers is female!
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Meadow in the Sky
Music by Mort Garson
Lyrics by Earl Shuman
Sung by Patti Page
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Cute WWII orphan befriends GI and stows away to America.
6 February 2002 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

WWII is ending and now the Americans have occupied Italy. Dondi is an orphan, his home destroyed; little hope for the future. Dealy is a hard-boiled GI with no interest in kids, but for some reason, Dondi takes a liking to him and just won't go away, no matter what Dealy does. When Dealy is rotated Stateside, Dondi stows away.

This film is very sentimental, with the little boy, Dondi, reminiscent of Hamchunk, Jim Hutton's tag-along, in The Green Berets (David Janssen is in that film, too), or Mitsuo, the little boy who follows after Jerry Lewis, in The Geisha Boy.

As a kid, this movie was one of my favorites. I would love to view it, now, with my own children. While it is not one of the "Great Ones", it is well worth a watch.


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