Every era has its comic-strip orphan spouting Confucian aphorisms and exuding cuteness and naive good fellowship. The Little Annie Rooney/Little Orphan Annie of the post-WW II years was Dondi, the androgynous little refugee with eyes the size of barrage balloons, whose adventures were
distributed by the Chicago Tribune-New York News
comic-strip syndicate. The film opens with the homeless Italian 5-year-old being befriended by a group of American GI stereotypes on Christmas Eve. When the victorious GIs depart for home, Dondi (Kory) stows away aboard their troop ship, a salami
his only luggage. Separated from his GI buddies upon arrival in America, Kory gets l...