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
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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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One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »

Quotes

[Dondi is praying]
Dondi: I wish you make them let me stay in America, Mr. Big-Buddy, please.
Liz: Dondi's talking to the most influential friend of all!
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Meadow in the Sky
Music by Mort Garson
Lyrics by Earl Shuman
Sung by Patti Page
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An excruciating picture...bug-eyed sentiment with a wet bottom lip
24 January 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Italian boy, not only orphaned but apparently nameless, stows away with a group of too-chummy American GIs sailing for New York City; soon, little mush-mouthed 'Dondi'--as his soldier buddies have been instructed to call him--gets lost in the crowd and attaches himself to a con artist and an orphaned dog. Screenwriters Gus Edson and Irwin Hasen, basing their characters on the not-too-popular comic strip, certainly leave family audiences orphaned with this ridiculous treacle, full of artificial hugs and kisses. It's like being suffocated with valentines. David Kory is an indisputably terrible child actor...but to be fair, nobody in this cast comes out looking particularly good. Producer-director Albert Zugsmith cannot stage the simplest comedic gag without turning the principals on-screen into dummies. Patti Page, in adoptive-mommy mode, probably fares the best; she sings a hot version of "Jingle Bells" over the opening credits (was Zugsmith hoping his film would become a holiday perennial?) and manages to make conversation with Kory, which is amazing since I couldn't understand a word the kid was saying. A seat-numbing excuse for a kiddie matinée. * from ****


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