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The Pigeon (1969 film)

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The Pigeon
Written byEdward J. Lakso
Stanley Roberts
Directed byEarl Bellamy
StarringSammy Davis Jr.
Dorothy Malone
Victoria Vetri
Ricardo Montalbán
Pat Boone
Music byBill May
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Aaron Spelling
Danny Thomas
Producer(s)Alex Gottlieb
CinematographyHenry Cronjager Jr.
Editor(s)Ben Ray
Running time74 minutes
Production company(s)Spelling/Thomas Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 4, 1969 (1969-11-04)

The Pigeon is a 1969 American made-for-television crime drama film starring Sammy Davis Jr. It was directed by Earl Bellamy. It was originally aired as the ABC Movie of the Week on November 4, 1969.


A private eye is hired to protect a young girl.


  • Sammy Davis Jr. as Larry Miller
  • Dorothy Malone as Elaine Hagen
  • Victoria Vetri as Barbara Hagen
  • Ricardo Montalbán as John Stambler / Kane
  • Pat Boone as Dave Williams
  • Roy Glenn as Lieutenant Frank Miller
  • Patsy Kelly as Mrs. Macready, the Landlady
  • Norman Alden as Carl, the First Thug
  • Bennie E. Dobbins as Eddie, the Second Thug (as Bernie Dobbins)
  • Bill Quinn as Doctor
  • Judith Jordan as Sarah
  • Francis De Sales as Caine


Davis developed the concept with Aaron Spelling and hoped it would lead to a TV series.[1]

Boone says he was surprised to be offered a role in the film.[2]

Davis was unsatisfied with the movie saying "let's say I hit a triple when I was going for a homer... We played him [my character] a little too straight."[3] However no series resulted.


  1. ^ Holding Brief for 'Young Lawyers' Los Angeles Times 31 Oct 1969: g17.
  2. ^ Vagg, Stephen (10 September 2019). "The Surprisingly Interesting Cinema of Pat Boone". Diabolique Magazine.
  3. ^ TV acting suits sammy jr. best. (1969, Nov 04). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from

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