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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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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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

Soundtracks

Lili Marleen
(uncredited)
Music by Norbert Schultze
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Well written story
15 January 2000 | by JennyPSee all my reviews

This is one of those films made during late WWII about WWII. It has some of the feel of the Italian neo-realist films that were starting to be made around this time. This is definitely a good thing - it doesn't feel like an overproduced, overwritten studio effort.

The story slowly draws you in as the new American administrator of a little Italian village arrives and tries to help the townspeople get used to life as a free people again, and to get their lives & livelihoods restarted.

The writing is mostly fresh and natural, as is the acting. The only false notes are the bumbling Italians who become the Americans' assistants, and to a lesser extent the standard poor-yet-dignified villagers. But compared to most films of the era they're minor annoyances.


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