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The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 20 June 1962 (USA)
In 1944, two American spies, posing as priests, infiltrate German occupied Rome to relay information to HQ but can only communicate via pigeons due to the imposed radio silence.



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Credited cast:
Captain Paul MacDougall / Benny the Snatch / Narrator
Antonella Massimo
Sgt. Joseph Angelico
Salvatore Baccaloni ...
Ciccio Massimo (as Baccaloni)
Gabriella Pallotta ...
Rosalba Massimo
Col. Sherman Harrington
Marietto ...
Livio Massimo
Rudolph Anders ...
Oberst Krafft
Monsignor O'Toole
Debbie Price ...
Luigina Massimo
Vadim Wolkonsky ...
Conte Danesi (as Vadim Wolkansky)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Borgani ...
Relative at Easter Dinner
Maj. Wolff
Bob Gandett ...
The General


Charlton Heston stars as an American soldier behind Italian lines in World War II. In order to communicate German movements to the Allies, he uses carrier pigeons fitted with messages. As he grows more and more in love with the daughter of the family he stays with, the father accidentally feeds the pigeons to his family for Easter Dinner. Written by Jeremy Kirk <kirkman316@yahoo.com>

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It's scandalous! It's spicy! And it has the year's sauciest cast See more »


Comedy | War


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Release Date:

20 June 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Americans Go Home  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Working title was "The Easter Dinner." See more »


Throughout the film, SS members use the Wehrmacht (German Army) equivalent ranks when addressing one another.In reality, members of the SS only used their SS ranks when addressing each other. See more »


Antonella Massimo: [laughingly] You ate your own Air Force, captain!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are superimposed over images of American soldiers moving out of Italy. This is followed by a shot of a pigeon who winks at the camera. See more »


Referenced in Le Bonheur (1965) See more »

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What a great story.
9 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at a local theater in the '60s. I loved it. War movies are among my favorites but this one is special. The story of American spies doing recon in Rome is plausible. Capt. Heston, a no no-nonsense combat leader was chosen over the division intelligence officers. A very well made and entertaining movie resulted. The script, the actors and the Roman setting is perfect. As mentioned in other comments, the cast seems to enjoy making this movie. The Chinese will probably come up with a DVD. I have a very good recording I took off of TV. We love to watch it after seeing a list of serious shoot-em up war movies. It's very hard to find so I treasure my copy.

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