A Bell for Adano
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|A Bell for Adano|
Theatrical poster for A Bell for Adano (1945)
|Directed by||Henry King|
|Produced by||Louis D. Lighton
|Screenplay by||Lamar Trotti
Norman Reilly Raine
|Based on||A Bell for Adano
by John Hersey
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Edited by||Barbara McLean|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
A Bell for Adano (1945) is a film directed by Henry King starring John Hodiak and Gene Tierney. The film was adapted from the novel of the same title by John Hersey, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1945. In his review of the film for The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "... this easily vulnerable picture, which came to the Music Hall yesterday, is almost a perfect picturization of Mr. Hersey's book."
The story concerns Italian-American U.S. Army Major Joppolo, who is placed in charge of the town of Adano during the invasion of Sicily. The title refers to Major Joppolo's attempts to replace the 700-year-old bell that was taken from the town by the Fascists at the start of the war to be melted down for ammunition. Through his actions, Joppolo also wins the trust and love of the people.
Some of the changes Joppolo brings into the town include:
- Free fishing privilege
- The freedom of mule carts
- A bell from the American Navy to replace the town bell
The short-tempered American commander, General Marvin, fires Major Joppolo from his position when Joppolo disobeys an order to prohibit mule cart traffic in Adano, which has been disrupting Allied supply trucks, because the mule carts are vital to the survival of the town.
In A Bell for Adano, Major Joppolo and his men are given the task to bring back peace to the war-torn Italian town of Adano. His task is to administer the equipment that gets into the town without any intervention from troops. He wants to restore the bell that is central to the life of the people in Adano 
- Gene Tierney as Tina Tomasino
- John Hodiak as Maj. Victor P. Joppolo
- William Bendix as Sgt. Borth
- Glenn Langan as Lt. Crofts Livingstone
- Richard Conte as Nico
- Stanley Prager as Sgt. Trampani
- Henry Morgan as Capt. N. Purvis
- Monty Banks as Giuseppe
- Reed Hadley as Cmdr. Robertson
- Roy Roberts as Col. W. W. Middleton
- Hugo Haas as Father Pensovecchio
- Marcel Dalio as Zito
- Fortunio Bonanova as Chief of Police Gargano
- Henry Armetta as Errante
- Roman Bohnen as Carl Erba
- Luis Alberni as Cacopardo
- Eduardo Ciannelli as Maj. Nasta
- Production Dates: Early Nov 1944–mid-Jan 1945
- Location filming was done at Brent's Crags, near Malibu, California.
Hersey's novel was also the basis for Paul Osborn's 1945 Broadway play A Bell for Adano, starring Fredric March.
On June 2, 1956, CBS Television broadcast a version of Hersey's story, starring Barry Sullivan and Anna Maria Alberghetti and directed by Paul Nickell. On November 15, 1967, Hallmark Hall of Fame broadcast a version starring John Forsythe and Murray Hamilton and directed by Mel Ferrer.
A Bell for Adano was presented on Star Playhouse October 11, 1953. March starred in the adaptation.
- Crowther, Bosley (July 6, 1945). "A Bell for Adano (1945) The Screen; in military role". The New York Times.
- Martin, Douglass. The New York Times: F.E. Toscani 89, Dies; Model for Hero of 'Bell for Adano' 28 Jan 2001
- jack, steve. "A Bell for Adano". http://www.writengine.com. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
- Kirby, Walter (October 11, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 50. Retrieved July 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- A Bell for Adano at AllMovie
- A Bell for Adano at the Internet Movie Database
- 1952 Best Plays radio adaptation of novel at Internet Archive