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The Brotherhood of the Bell (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.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writer:

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Prof. Andrew 'Andy' Patterson
Rosemary Forsyth ... Vivian Masters Patterson
Dean Jagger ... Chad Harmon
Maurice Evans ... Harry Masters
Will Geer ... Mike Patterson
Eduard Franz ... Dr. Konstantin Horvathy
William Conrad ... Bart Harris
Robert Pine ... Phillip Dunning
William Smithers ... Dr. Jerry Fielder
Logan Field Logan Field ... Thaddeus Burns
Dabney Coleman ... Agent Shepard
Scott Graham Scott Graham ... Weber
James McEachin ... Police Detective
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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)

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Irmandade do Sino See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the best made-for-TV movies.
14 May 2002 | by drs23666See all my reviews

The Brotherhood of the Bell is a very good movie by any standard, and is one of the best made-for TV movies I've ever seen. The premise is that there exists an elite fraternity whose members occupy positions of power throughout industry, academia, and virtually all levels of government. Glenn Ford plays a member of the fraternity who, in carrying out an assignment, discovers how insidious its actions can be. As a consequence, he tries to reveal it to the public. He quickly discovers just how powerful the Brotherhood is when he loses his job, his wife, and his reputation for attempting to expose it. I realize that this movie is fictional, but I must admit that it has caused me to suspect that their really is an elite oligarchy in this country which does indeed have enormous power. I wish this movie would be made available on video cassette or DVD. It should not be forgotten.


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