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80 Steps to Jonah (1969)

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
Wayne Newton
Nonna
Jo Van Fleet
Barney Glover
Keenan Wynn
Tracy Rutledge
Diana Ewing
Wilfred Bashford
Mickey Rooney
Jerry Taggart
Sal Mineo
Mackray
R.G. Armstrong
Scott
Slim Pickens
Witney
Frank Schuller
Maxon
Dennis Cross
Little Joe Wilson
Brandon Cruz
Kim
Erin Moran
Richard
Teddy Quinn
Cathy
Michele Tobin
Velma
Susan Mathews
Pepe
Ira Angustain
Nina
Lilly Martens
Brian Hofstadter
Butch Patrick
Bertha the Lamb
Briana Deane
Wilks
Coby Denton
Jenkins
Joe Conley
Sheriff
Fred Dale
Sheriff
Don Familton
Fisherman
Holger Bendixen
Hobo
James Bacon
Jackie
Jackie Kahane
Ralph the Dog
Lord Nelson

Director
Gerd Oswald

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