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Never Take No for an Answer (1951)

The Small Miracle (original title)
Peppino will walk all the way to Rome to see the Holy Father.


Maurice Cloche, Paul Gallico (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Manunta Vittorio Manunta ... Peppino
Denis O'Dea ... Father Damico
Guido Celano Guido Celano ... Strotti
Nerio Bernardi Nerio Bernardi ... Father Superior
Henri Vidon Henri Vidon ... Monk (as Harry Weedon)
Edward Hitchcock Edward Hitchcock ... Old Workman
Frank Coulson Frank Coulson ... Dr. Bartolo
Eliso della Vedova Eliso della Vedova ... Sergente dei Carabinieri
Carlo Borelli Carlo Borelli ... Chemist
Giorgio Riganti Giorgio Riganti ... Giuseppe
Clelia Matania ... Mrs. Strotti
Roberto Adamina Roberto Adamina ... Gianni
Riccardo Foti Riccardo Foti ... Monsignor Magana
John Murphy John Murphy ... Father O'Brien
Enzo Fiermonte ... Sergeant of Swiss Guards


Peppino ,the endearing young hero of this beautiful fable,although he is a priest's friend ,is not understood by the almighty clergy:his donkey is ill,and he does believe that Saint Francis Of Assisi (Peppino lives in Assisi)can cure his pet. After all,He did heal his pal's kitten ;but to get a donkey into a crypt comes against a refusal .Nevertheless, the boy never takes no for an answer and he will walk all the way to Rome to see the Holy Father. Written by dbdumonteil

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A motion picture of rare delight and unusual charm produced by Anthony Havelock-Allen See more »






UK | Italy



Release Date:

28 April 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Never Take No for an Answer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Constellation Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interview with Larry King, Ben Kingsley professed that this was the movie which inspired him to become an actor. See more »


Alternate-language version of Peppino e Violetta (1951) See more »

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A Lasting Impression
27 March 2004 | by filoli1212See all my reviews

This movie used to air around Easter time, and when I was growing up, still living in New York, my entire family would watch it. I was probably around 10, in the 1960's and I remember how much I cried because I knew how much this little boy loved his donkey and how much his faith and trust meant, to have the courage and love to do what he needed to do for his beloved animal. These movies need to be reintroduced today, to show the true aspects of values and respect we need to be using again. I would love to have this movie for our collection, but unfortunately it is not yet made on VHS or DVD.

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