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  • Never Take No For An Answer (1951).

    NEVER TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER (a Constellation Film released through Independent Film Distributors, 1951).

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    Nine years old war orphan Peppino lives in the Italian town of Assisi with his donkey, Violetta. The two are devoted to each other and make a living transporting goods for the locals. One night, Violetta falls very ill and Peppino, very worried, runs for the vet, who, on examining her, tells Peppino that he can do nothing to save her and that she might live for another two weeks with care and luck. Peppino takes Violetta to church, hoping that the priests will let him take her down into the crypt to be blessed and cured at the shrine of St Francis, but the priests will not allow it, if only because he could never get Violetta down the very narrow and winding staircase down into the crypt. There used to be an easier way into the crypt, through a doorway in a wall that has been sealed up for many years. But only the Holy Father himself could give permission for the wall to be knocked down. So Peppino decides to take the matter to the very top and, leaving Violetta in the loving care of a friend, he sets off alone on an eighty miles journey to see the Pope in Rome and get that permission. But, when he finally reaches Rome, he finds to his dismay that getting inside the Vatican to see the Pope will be no mean feat. However, Peppino will not take no for an answer...

    Real war orphan Vittorio Manunta, in the first of only two films he made as a child actor, gives a wonderfully natural performance as Peppino in this remarkable and very different film, made by the British entirely on location in Assisi and Rome, yet with the feel about it of something Roberto Rosselini himself could have made. Directed by Maurice Cloche and Ralph Smart, from Paul Gallico’s novel “The Small Miracle”, it was BAFTA nominated for Best British Film of 1951 and Best Film From Any Source for that year and won many international awards. It was also the first to be granted permission to film inside the Vatican. These scenes of Rome and the spectacular interiors of the Vatican cry out for Technicolor instead of the black and white the film was made in. It’s also a shame that, probably due to copyright problems, the film has never had a DVD release and it certainly deserves one. Released in the UK in April, 1952 on the ABC circuit and in the USA in June, 1952.

    The film is up on YouTube. It’s not a high definition upload, but it is watchable. Here is the link.

    Last edited by darrenburnfan; 20th December 2017, 10:56 AM.

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    An original 8 x 10 press still from "NEVER TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER".

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