IA #68: The Miracle of Marcelino (1955)

 The Miracle of Marcelino (1955) on IMDb

The Miracle of Marcelino is one of the few movies in the Internet Archive Top 100 that is dubbed from a foreign language into English. It’s a Spanish movie (originally Marcelino pan y vino) about an orphan in a monastery who gives a piece of bread to an old wooden Jesus figure, which eats it. The statue becomes the boy’s best friend and begins to give him religious instruction.

According to Wikipedia, the film remains one of the most famous and successful Spanish films ever made (winning the best film award by Spain’s Cinema Writers Circle), and one of the first Spanish films to become successful in the US. Child actor Pablito Calvo won a special mention at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.