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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 ... 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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dana Andrews, Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy and James Cagney were all considered for the role of Maj. Joppolo. 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

Referenced in The Flying Nun: A Bell for San Tanco (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Lili Marleen
(uncredited)
Music by Norbert Schultze
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Here's why Tierney is blonde...
24 January 2011 | by argento2665See all my reviews

I very much enjoyed this movie, so much so that I plan to search out the book. I write this though because many commenters asked why Gene Tierney was a blonde Italian. This would lead me to wonder what they were doing while the movie was running because they obviously weren't watching it. In what I would term a key scene, Hodiak's 'Mr. Major' explains that he was from the Bronx but he didn't see it as beautiful like his Italian immigrant parents do and he always wanted to escape and Tierney's Tina replies that that is why she has blonde hair, that she wants to get away to America but she is unable to leave the village so her escape was to dye her dark hair blonde.


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