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A Bell for Adano Details


Director Henry King's adaptation of John Hersey's novel is a faithful telling of the story of Major Joppolo (John Hodiak), who is assigned to administrate the Sicilian town of Adano after World War II and attempts to return it to its pre-war tranquility. His initial actions include feeding and clothing the villagers, who have been left starved and destitute by the ravages of the war, and preventing the hanging of its former mayor, a Mussolini supporter, although he makes clear that any hints of Fascism will not be tolerated. Suspicious at first, the villagers finally come to trust Joppolo when he works to reclaim the town bell, stolen from the city hall and a symbol of its identity. Gene Tierney plays the fisherman's daughter that Joppolo falls for, while William Bendix is his compassionate orderly and assistant. A Bell For Adano is a low-key look at the effects of war that builds to a quietly powerful conclusion. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi


Gene Tierney
as Tina
Luis Alberni
as Cacopardo
Henry Armetta
as Errante
John Hodiak
as Maj. Joppolo
William Bendix
as Sgt. Borth
Richard Conte
as Nicolo
Roman Bohnen
as Erba
Fortunio Bonanova
as Gargano
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Mayor Nasta
Gino Corrado
as Zapulla
Peter Cusanelli
as Craxi
Marcel Dalio
as Zito
Anna Demetrio
as Rosa
William Edmunds
as Tomasino
Hugo Haas
as Father Pensovecchio
Reed Hadley
as Cmdr. Robertson
Frank Jaquet
as Basile
Charles Judels
as Alfronti
Glenn Langan
as Lt. Livingstone
Stanley Prager
as Sgt. Trampani
Roy Roberts
as Col. Middleton
John Russell
as Capt. Anderson
Grady Sutton
as Edward
Minor Watson
as Gen. McKay
Mimi Aguglia
John Bagni
Harry Carter
as Non Com
Frank Lackteen
as Photographer
Eva Puig
as Woman
Minerva Urecal
as Italian Woman
Monty Banks
as Giuseppe
Minerva Urecal
as Italian Woman
Monty Banks
as Giuseppe
Frank Lackteen
as Photographer
Harry Carter
as Non Com
Eva Puig
as Woman


Henry King
Lamar Trotti
Lamar Trotti
Norman Reilly Raine
Joseph La Shelle
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)