|The Pigeon That Took Rome|
|Directed by||Melville Shavelson|
|Produced by||Melville Shavelson|
|Written by||Donald Downes (novel)|
Melville Shavelson (screenplay)
|Starring|| Charlton Heston |
|Music by||Alessandro Cicognini|
|Cinematography||Daniel L. Fapp|
|Edited by||Frank Bracht|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The Pigeon That Took Rome is a 1962 American comedy war film directed and written by Melville Shavelson and starring Charlton Heston. The film is set in the Italian Campaign of World War II and was based on the 1961 novel The Easter Dinner by former spy Donald Downes.
In 1944, during the last stages of the war in Europe, American officers Paul MacDougall (Heston) and Joseph Angelico (Guardino) are sent to Rome to act as spies for the Allies, even though they have no experience in espionage. Working with Italian partisan soldier Ciccio Massimo (Baccaloni), MacDougall and Contini send regular reports to their superiors by carrier pigeon.
Angelico also finds himself falling in love with Massimo's pregnant daughter Rosalba (Pallotta), while her sister Antonella (Martinelli) has her eye on MacDougall. Angelico proposes to Rosalba, and Ciccio prepares a feast to celebrate his daughter's upcoming wedding. However, Ciccio prepares squab for the occasion, killing all but one of the carrier pigeons. Ciccio scrambles to replace them, but the new pigeons he finds are German, and they deliver MacDougall's and Angelico's messages directly into enemy hands, creating new confusion.
Golden Globe Awards
Writers Guild of America
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