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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.

Director:

Melville Shavelson

Writers:

Donald Downes (novel), Melville Shavelson
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Charlton Heston ... Captain Paul MacDougall / Benny the Snatch / Narrator
Elsa Martinelli ... Antonella Massimo
Harry Guardino ... Sgt. Joseph Angelico
Salvatore Baccaloni Salvatore Baccaloni ... Ciccio Massimo (as Baccaloni)
Gabriella Pallotta ... Rosalba Massimo
Brian Donlevy ... Col. Sherman Harrington
Marietto Marietto ... Livio Massimo
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Oberst Krafft
Arthur Shields ... Monsignor O'Toole
Debbie Price Debbie Price ... Luigina Massimo
Vadim Wolkonsky Vadim Wolkonsky ... Conte Danesi (as Vadim Wolkansky)
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Storyline

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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This is a wolf who said "No more love in a pigeon coop." See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

20 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Americans Go Home See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Melville Shavelson had originally wanted Bob Hope for the lead. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

'Geronimo II' as The Pigeon Who Took Rome See more »

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Spoofs The Ten Commandments (1956) See more »

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A Sleeper!
5 August 2001 | by artzauSee 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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