This failed attempt to make a movie star of singer Wayne Newton saw him playing Mark Jonah Winters, a hitchhiking vagrant fruit picker accused of manslaughter following a car accident (in which bad guy Sal Mineo dies).
Escaping from the police, he takes refuge in a summer camp for blind children, working as a handyman and endearing himself to the kids – and to camp counsellor and budding sculptress Tracy (Diana Ewing), who is also blind.
The blind kids follow Mark everywhere, as a sort of Pied Piper figure until the law – embodied by potbellied Slim Pickens and canny Keenan Wynn – finally catches up with him.
All turns out well in the end, though, when a well-known local drunk, Wilfred Bashford (Mickey Rooney), clears Mark, who then returns to Tracy and his new “family.”
Mark Jonah Winters
Jo Van Fleet
Little Joe Wilson
Bertha the Lamb
Ralph the Dog