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The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)

 -  Comedy | War  -  20 June 1962 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Captain Paul MacDougall / Benny the Snatch / Narrator
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Antonella Massimo
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Sgt. Joseph Contini
Salvatore Baccaloni ...
Ciccio Massimo
Marietto ...
Livio Massimo
Gabriella Pallotta ...
Rosalba Massimo
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Col. Sherman Harrington
Arthur Shields ...
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Rudolph Anders ...
Col. Wilhelm Krafft
Vadim Wolkowsky ...
Conte Danesi
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Relative at Easter Dinner
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Bob Gandett ...
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Favio
Dick Nelson ...
The Chief (FDR) (scenes deleted)
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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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Salvatore Baccaloni's last film. See more »

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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 »

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A Sleeper!
5 August 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Imagine Heston in role with elaborate costuming and playing second fiddle to one of the greatest upstagers of all time! The amazing thing is old Charlton even looks like he's having a good time. So, who's the guy continually pushing Moses Ben Hur out every scene they share? None other than the great basso from the Met, Salvatore Baccaloni. Now, you should know that Sal had a bad rep at the Met for being a bit of a joker and hard to work with, but the crew loved him. In this film, where Heston and Harry Guardino in his pre-TV days play two GIs in WW2 spying on the Germans, they have to inform the allies as to the morale and preparedness of the Germans. So, how are these two intrepids getting the word back to the Allies? Homing pigeons. No sweat...but, a problemo. The pigeons get eaten by Baccaloni's family for a festa and Sal, not wanting to get into trouble steals some pigeons from...the Germans to replace the ones his family ate. So, when the Germans start reading the messages, they suspect that ... well, it goes on from there. This film is an enjoyable comedy and gave Heston a relief from all those costume roles. Sadly, it was Baccaloni's last film, although he died 7 years later. No video, no DVD. Watch for it on the late show.


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