Studio One: The Brotherhood of the Bell (1958)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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The distinguished CBS dramatic anthology Studio One moved from New York to Hollywood with this adaptation of David Karp's cautionary novel The Brotherhood of the Bell. In an indeterminate future, government agent James Waterson (Cameron Mitchell) must choose between friendship and blind loyalty. Years earlier, Waterson had joined a secret order called the Brotherhood of the Bell, which promised him a multitude of professional opportunities in exchange for certain favors. Now the Brotherhood wants Waterson to fire his assistant and close friend, Clark Sherrell (Tom Drake), and replace him with another member of the order. Now that things have gotten personal, Waterson's eyes are opened to the inescapable fact that the Brotherhood of the Bell will stop at nothing to achieve its goal of total world domination. Ten years after this 1958 Studio One telecast, The Brotherhood of the Bell was remade as a TV movie starring Glenn Ford as "Andrew Paterson," who had been transformed from a government functionary to a college professor.