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The Brotherhood of the Bell (1970)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 17 September 1970
A successful professor has his life disrupted by a secret from his past - in his college days he became a member of a powerful secret society, and now the society has a job for him.



Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Harry Masters
Dr. Konstantin Horvathy
Bart Harris
Phillip Dunning
Dr. Jerry Fielder
Logan Field ...
Thaddeus Burns
Agent Shepard
Scott Graham ...
Police Detective


While he studied at the university, Andrew Patterson, a successful professor, was initiated to the order of 'The Brotherhood of the Bell', a secret society, very selective in the choice of its members, who all occupy high positions. Now the 'fraternity' has a job for him, but one that Andrew will not do. The price to pay will be very high for him... Written by Guy Bellinger

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First showing anywhere. Glenn Ford, member of a power-mad secret society. His orders: destroy his best friend. With Dean Jagger. The CBS Thursday Night Movies (first showing on television)


Drama | Thriller


Not Rated




Release Date:

17 September 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fraternité ou la mort  »

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1.33 : 1
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Spoofs The Joe Pyne Show (1965) See more »

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A Very Special Thriller From An Earlier Time
18 June 2004 | by (Huxley,Iowa) – See all my reviews

Brotherhood Of The Bell is a very special thriller from an earlier time in the made for television era of the early 1970s.I watched this recently, and I compared it with the film The Skulls, and The Skulls lost out.The Skulls storyline just seem to fall apart in the middle of the movie, and I was left feeling flat.The Brotherhood Of The Bell was in a different realm.I was take in from the first frame to the very last frame. I did not want this movie to end. Glenn Ford was excellent as the man under extreme pressure. I think this is his best performance, and I have seen most of his movies. Rosemary Forsythe was so elegant and she played the part of the wife just right.I got a kick out of Will Geer's performance as the father to Glenn Ford's character.It was so unlike his character as grandpa Walton in the Waltons television series.I give this movie a rating of 10 for excellent. I highly recommend this movie to fans of stories about secret societies.

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