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A Bell for Adano (1945)

Approved | | Drama, War | 21 June 1945 (USA)
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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Sgt. Borth
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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)
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Giuseppe
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Cmdr. Robertson
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Col. W.W. Middleton (Provost Marshal)
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Father Pensovecchio
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Zito
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Chief of Police Gargano
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Errante (cart man)
Roman Bohnen ...
Carl Erba (cart man)
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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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21 June 1945 (USA)  »

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John Hersey's A Bell for Adano  »

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Trivia

Eula Morgan was originally cast as Rosa.Estelle Taylor was to be tested for a part but she is not in the film. See more »

Goofs

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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Version of Lux Video Theatre: A Bell for Adano (1955) See more »

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Music by Norbert Schultze
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John Russell
22 November 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Hey guys, have you all noticed John Russell, dancing in the town hall towards the end of the film? As a film it was timely.... sentimental... I agree with all of you that Gene Tierney was terribly miscast and I didn't quite catch it why she should be a blonde? An unbecoming blonde as well.. The rest was OK, I guess. Lots of stereotype Italians, and the familiar camaraderie between the GIs and Navy etc... I guess it was filmed on the back lot of the Fox studios.. it shows that too.. OK for 1945.... But today it sounds rather naive and very nostalgic... Actually they do NOT make such films anymore.... Stanley Kramer tried a similar theme in 1969 and Blake Edwards too in 1966 with bigger budgets (and failed miserably) but this one is a cute relic to cherish from the past.. I gave it a 7!


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