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Dondi (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 26 March 1961 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Albert Zugsmith

Writers:

Gus Edson (comic strip), Gus Edson | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Dealey
Patti Page ... Liz
Walter Winchell ... Walter Winchell
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Sergeant
Robert Strauss ... Sammy Boy
Arnold Stang ... Peewee
Louis Quinn ... Dimmy
Gale Gordon ... Colonel
Dick Patterson ... Perky
Susan Kelly Susan Kelly ... Lt. Calhoun
John Melfi ... Jo-Jo
Bonnie Scott Bonnie Scott ... Gladdy
William Wellman Jr. ... Ted
Nola Thorp Nola Thorp ... Candy
Joan Staley ... Sally
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Kid Who Captured an Army!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Music | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seis Guerreiros See more »

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Mono
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Trivia

The casting of the leading role was narrowed down to two candidates: David Kory, who got the part, and Damon Lanza, the son of actor-singer Mario Lanza. See more »

Quotes

[about Dondi]
Liz: How many people do you know can cross the Atlantic with only a hunk of salami as baggage?
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Soundtracks

Dondi
(uncredited)
Music by Mort Garson
Lyrics by Earl Shuman
Sung by Patti Page
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comments on Dondi - miss it!
9 January 2009 | by cfishymcelroySee all my reviews

I was 5 years old when I saw this movie. Even then I knew it was bad. My sisters and I (both older) STILL say the line "are you in there, lady buddy?" or is it 'lady-body'? Still unsure of that. It was a waste of $.50 then, and would be a waste of $3.99 now to rent it!

Rent 'The Courtship of Eddie's Father' instead. Ronnie Howard - who I had a little crush on then - is adorable, Shirley Jones lovely and Dina Merrill positively icy-cold. Watch for ingénue Stella Stevens - wow.

Or rent buy the TV series (started in 1969) of the same name. Bill Bixby (another crush - hey, I know my men!) is handsome, yummy and acted like a really good dad. Brandon Cruz lived in my neighborhood - Westchester, CA.


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