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A Bell for Adano (1945)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  21 June 1945 (USA)
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In WW2, U.S. Army Major Joppolo and his troops are tasked with administering the war damaged Italian town of Adano where the locals decry the loss of the town bell.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Hodiak ...
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Sgt. Borth
Glenn Langan ...
Lt. Crofts Livingstone, USN
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Nicolo (Italian POW)
Stanley Prager ...
Sgt. Trampani
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Capt. N. Purvis (as Henry Morgan)
Monty Banks ...
Giuseppe
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Cmdr. Robertson
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Col. W.W. Middleton (Provost Marshal)
Hugo Haas ...
Father Pensovecchio
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Zito
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Chief of Police Gargano
Henry Armetta ...
Errante (cart man)
Roman Bohnen ...
Carl Erba (cart man)
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Storyline

Major Joppolo and his men are assigned to restore order to the war-torn Italian town of Adano. He has to manage getting supplies into town without interfering with troop movements, all the while dealing with colorful citizens of the town. One of his quests is to replace the bell which orders the town's life. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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John Hersey's A Bell for Adano  »

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Trivia

The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by John Hersey.The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1945. See more »

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When Tina crosses her room to open the door to Victor late at night, she carries an oil lamp. However, the long electrical cord actually powering the lamp is clearly visible as she crosses the room. See more »

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Remade as A Bell for Adano (1967) See more »

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pretty good post-WWII flick
26 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film showed that John Hodiak could act, though I guess he didn't get that many chances to star in the movies he appeared in during his career. He's wonderful as the commanding officer in charge of a post-war Italian village. He tries everything he can to rebuild the town--both physically and in spirit. However, the one thing he really can't do is restore the bell stolen from the town by the Fascists. The townspeople see this as a point of pride; i.e., if they get a new bell it proves they are a real and growing town. At first Hodiak isn't the least bit sympathetic to their plight. However, over time he begins to see that maybe there is something to be said about restoring civic pride. A cute and quite unusual film well worth watching.


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