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Dudley Nichols (screen play)
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Release Date:
28 April 1944 (Sweden) See more »
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During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Robert Jordan

Ingrid Bergman ... María

Akim Tamiroff ... Pablo

Arturo de Córdova ... Agustín (as Arturo de Cordova)

Vladimir Sokoloff ... Anselmo
Mikhail Rasumny ... Rafael

Fortunio Bonanova ... Fernando

Eric Feldary ... Andres

Victor Varconi ... Primitivo

Katina Paxinou ... Pilar

Joseph Calleia ... El Sordo
Lilo Yarson ... Joaquin

Alexander Granach ... Paco
Adia Kuznetzoff ... Gustavo
Leonid Snegoff ... Ignacio
Leo Bulgakov ... General Golz

Duncan Renaldo ... Lt. Berrendo

Frank Puglia ... Captain Gomez

Pedro de Cordoba ... Colonel Miranda
Michael Visaroff ... Staff Officer

Martin Garralaga ... Captain Mora

Jean Del Val ... The Sniper
John Mylong ... Colonel Duval (as Jack Mylong)

Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Kashkin (as Feodor Chaliapin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maxine Ardell ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)
Samuel Azteca ... Soldier with Bayonet (uncredited)
Eumenio Blanco ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Peasant Who Flails González (uncredited)

Dick Botiller ... Sergeant - Elias' Man (uncredited)

Yakima Canutt ... Young Cavalryman (uncredited)

Eduardo Ciannelli ... (uncredited)

Harry Cording ... Man Who Flails the Mayor (uncredited)

Franco Corsaro ... Elias' Man (uncredited)

George Coulouris ... André Massart (uncredited)
Michael Dalmatoff ... Mayor Benito García (uncredited)

Yvonne De Carlo ... Girl in Cafe (uncredited)
Marjorie Deanne ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Soldier #1 (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Lynda Grey ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)

Soledad Jiménez ... Guillermo's Wife (uncredited)
Christopher King ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)
Alice Kirby ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)
Louise La Planche ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)

Frank Lackteen ... Elias' Man (uncredited)
Manuel López ... Civil Guard (uncredited)
Antonio Molina ... Guillermo (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Civil Guard (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Soldier #2 (uncredited)
Mayo Newhall ... Ricardo (uncredited)
Emilio Ortego ... Soldier with Bayonet (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Officer of Civil Guards Shot by Pablo (uncredited)
Marcella Phillips ... Cafe Girl (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Soldier #3 (uncredited)
Tito Renaldo ... Young Sentry from Anselmo's Village (uncredited)
Nadine Riga ... Woman (uncredited)
Luis Rojas ... Drunkard Who Flails Guillermo (uncredited)
Armand Roland ... Julian (uncredited)
Konstantin Shayne ... Karkov (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Bored Sentry Reading Newspaper (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Robert Tafur ... Faustino Rivero (uncredited)

José Luis Tortosa ... Civil Guard (uncredited)
Trina Varella ... Spanish Singer (uncredited)
Blanca Vischer ... Spanish girl who salutes Robert Jordan at the beginning in the Cafe. (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Wood 
Writing credits
Dudley Nichols (screen play)

Ernest Hemingway (from the celebrated novel by)

Louis Bromfield  contract writer (uncredited)
Jeanie Macpherson  contract writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Sam Wood .... producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Victor Young (music score)
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John F. Link Sr.  (as John F. Link)
Sherman Todd 
Casting by
John Mieklejohn (uncredited)
Production Design by
William Cameron Menzies 
Art Direction by
Haldane Douglas 
Hans Dreier 
Set Decoration by
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Joe Hadley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lavaughn Speer .... hair (uncredited)
Production Management
Lonnie D'Orsa .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lonnie D'Orsa .... assistant director (uncredited)
Clem Jones .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Salven .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph C. Youngerman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph C. Youngerman .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack Colconda .... props (uncredited)
Robert McCrellis .... props (uncredited)
Oliver C. Stratton .... prop department supervisor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Johnson .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Arnold Braun .... recordist (uncredited)
Ted Powell .... mike grip (uncredited)
Philip Wisdom .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jan Domela .... special photographic effects
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Irmin Roberts .... special photographic effects
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunt double: Gary Cooper (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Grant .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Howard Kelly .... gaffer (uncredited)
Arthur A. Lane .... camera operator (uncredited)
Roger Mace .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray Olsen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Guy Roe .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Edward Soderberg .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Karl Struss .... second unit director of photography (uncredited)
Stuart Thompson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire .... company grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joe Egli .... casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
LeVaughn Larson .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Fred Starns .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Pat Williams .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Monroe W. Burbank .... color controller (uncredited)
John Hamilton .... color technician (uncredited)
K. Hunter .... color technician (uncredited)
Location Management
Norman Lacey .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
George Parrish .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor color director
Howard Batt .... pilot (uncredited)
Dana Boller .... pilot (uncredited)
Frank Clarke .... pilot (uncredited)
Herbert Coleman .... script clerk (uncredited)
Nancy Didrickson .... stand-in: Ingrid Bergman (uncredited)
Chubby Gordon .... pilot (uncredited)
Paul Gustine .... pilot (uncredited)
John Mari .... technical director (uncredited)
Don Robb .... assistant business manager (uncredited)
Drew Stanfield .... wrangler (uncredited)
Sidney Street .... business manager (uncredited)
Joel Thorne .... pilot (uncredited)
Herb White .... pilot (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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170 min | USA:134 min (re-release) | USA:168 min (restored version) | West Germany:130 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:A | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:PG | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (2003) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2000) | UK:U (video rating) (1989) | USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (Classified and Passed by) (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #7982) | West Germany:16 (f) (heavily cut)

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This movie appears in part in the first-season episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise: Dear Doctor (#1.13)" (2002)).See more »
Revealing mistakes: Early in the film when Gary Cooper's character Robert Jorden meets General Golz, Cooper's shadow can be seen on a wall in the background. In the straight-on angle, it's Cooper's shadow, but in another angle it's obvious another person was used to create the shadow. When Cooper places his hand on his chin, the shadow's move is late by a second.See more »
Maria:Kiss me.
Robert Jordan:You're shameless.
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41 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
The Bell Tolls for Republican Spain, 15 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Ernest Hemingway was most particular about how is work should be portrayed on screen. He had hated the version of A Farewell to Arms that was done ten years earlier.

What he did like was Gary Cooper's portrayal of a Hemingway hero. He and Cooper got to be good friends, so he was Papa's first and only choice to be Robert Jordan in For Whom the Bell Tolls.

The novel grew out of Hemingway's experience in the Spanish Civil War that raged for almost four years. A number of generals not liking the leftist trend the new Spanish Republic was taking pulled a military coup d'etat. The whole world took sides with the Soviet Union aiding the Republic's defenders and Italy and Germany aiding the Nationalist Generals.

The USA was officially neutral, but people had their opinions. Believe it or not many supported the rebelling generals seeing them as upholding traditional Catholic Spain. But some in America organized the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a group of volunteers who fought for the Republic. Some in there were U.S. Communist Party members, but a whole lot were idealists. All of them had a lot of difficulty after World War II, for shall we say being to prematurely anti-Fascist.

Gary Cooper plays just such a volunteer and he's got a mission, to blow up a key bridge in the Guadarrama mountains. He makes contact with the guerrilla band of Akim Tamiroff and Katina Paxinou. Of course fighting with them is Ingrid Bergman, so we had some romantic interludes there which steamed up the screen.

This was quite a year for Ingrid, she did Casablanca as well that year and her name became synonymous with romance. She was not the first choice here. Director Sam Wood did not like his original leading lady Vera Zorina and replaced her with Bergman who he really wanted in the first place.

In fact Wood was a second choice. Paramount originally scheduled this film for Cecil B. DeMille. I'm betting there were some creative differences between DeMille and Papa Hemingway. If this had become a DeMille type film, it would have been a disaster.

Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, and Katina Paxinou all got Academy Award nominations. Only Paxinou won the Oscar for this film. A great performance, but also probably a tribute to her refugee status. She had fled her native Greece when the Nazis took over where she was a leading member of their national theater. She accepted her Oscar in memory of her late colleagues there.

The only criticism of the film came from those that thought it lingered too long on Cooper and Bergman's romance. Something by the way they were having in real life as well.

But Ernest Hemingway liked the film just fine and I think most will as well.

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