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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.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay), Norman Reilly Raine (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Tierney ... Tina Tomasino
John Hodiak ... Maj. Victor P. Joppolo
William Bendix ... Sgt. Borth
Glenn Langan ... Lt. Crofts Livingstone, USN
Richard Conte ... Nicolo - Italian POW
Stanley Prager Stanley Prager ... Sgt. Trampani
Harry Morgan ... Capt. N. Purvis (as Henry Morgan)
Monty Banks ... Giuseppe
Reed Hadley ... Cmdr. Robertson
Roy Roberts ... Col. W.W. Middleton - Provost Marshal
Hugo Haas ... Father Pensovecchio
Marcel Dalio ... Zito
Fortunio Bonanova ... Gargano - Chief of Police
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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The great novel of today becomes the great picture of our time !

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 June 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Hersey's A Bell for Adano See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Maj. Joppolo was based on Lt. Col. Frank E. Toscani, senior civil affairs officer of the U.S. Army military government in Licata, Italy. 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 »

Connections

Version of A Bell for Adano (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Lili Marleen
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Music by Norbert Schultze
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Tierney miscast...(minor SPOILERs)
31 January 2002 | by Bucky-8See all my reviews

I liked this film in most respects. John Hodiak was perfect as "Mr. Major." William Bendix, one of my favorite character actors, displayed much of his range, from humor to pathos. And Henry King's direction was superb. However, Gene Tierney was seriously miscast as the comely village girl.

Miss Tierney's Italian accent was practically non-existent. And that bleached blonde hair! I seriously doubt that an Italian girl of modest means in a fishing village would have made that a priority during World War II.

And why was John Hodiak talking about Jean Tierney's "dark skin" resembling that of his wife back home? If her skin was any lighter she could've been mistaken for an albino!

I gave this film an "8". It was one of those films where the plot line was taken too literally from the novel. The romance between Hodiak and Tierney didn't contribute much to the film. And Richard Conte's morbid description of the death of Tierney's boyfriend was way too heavy and mostly irrelevant to the rest of the film. Otherwise, "A Bell for Adano" would've have earned a "9" from me.

Ciao


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