GenreDrama, War Story byJohn Hersey CountryUnited States
Release dateJune 21, 1945 (1945-06-21) Based onA Bell for Adano
by John Hersey WriterLamar Trotti (screenplay), Norman Reilly Raine (screenplay), John Hersey (novel) CastGene Tierney (Tina Tomasino), John Hodiak (Maj. Victor P. Joppolo), William Bendix (Sgt. Borth), Glenn Langan (Lt. Crofts Livingstone, USN) Similar moviesRelated Henry King movies
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A Bell for Adano (1945) is a film directed by Henry King and starring John Hodiak and Gene Tierney. It 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.
The character of Joppolo was based on the real life experiences of Frank Toscani, who was military governor of the town of Licata, Sicily after the Allied invasion.
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
It was in production from early November 1944 to mid-January 1945. Location filming was done at Brent's Crags, near Malibu, California.