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Bells Are Ringing (1960)

A Brooklyn answering service operator becomes involved in the lives of her clients, including a struggling playwright with whom she begins to fall in love.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Betty Comden (screen play), Adolph Green (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Holliday ... Ella Peterson
Dean Martin ... Jeffrey Moss
Fred Clark ... Larry Hastings
Eddie Foy Jr. ... J. Otto Prantz
Jean Stapleton ... Sue
Ruth Storey Ruth Storey ... Gwynne
Dort Clark ... Inspector Barnes
Frank Gorshin ... Blake Barton
Ralph Roberts ... Francis
Valerie Allen ... Olga
Bernard West Bernard West ... Dr. Joe Kitchell (as Bernie West)
Steve Peck Steve Peck ... Gangster (as Steven Peck)
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan ... Ella's Blind Date
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Storyline

Ella Peterson is a Brooklyn telephone answering service operator who tries to improve the lives of her clients by passing along bits of information she hears from other clients. She falls in love with one of her clients, the playwright Jeffrey Moss, and is determined to meet him. The trouble is, on the phone to him, she always pretends to be an old woman whom he calls "Mom." Written by Will Gilbert

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The screen is singing M.G.M. is bringing Broadway's Bell-Ringer of a Musical to the World!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 November 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Esta rubia vale un millón See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeffrey Moss's phone was the brand new Princess model, just introduced by the Bell System in 1959, the same year this movie was filmed. See more »

Goofs

Ella tells Jeff that she used to procrastinate by sharpening her Ticonderoga pencil down to the T (or rather the "tuh"). However, Dixon Ticonderoga say that their pencils have always read from point to eraser, so the T would be the *first* letter to disappear. See more »

Quotes

Ella: Did you ever try wearin' a suit?
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Ella: A suit - s, u, t.
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Soundtracks

Better Than a Dream
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Judy Holliday and Dean Martin
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A fine 60s musical, wish there were more like it
9 May 2001 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

In contrast to the guy who wrote the comment on the main page in this board, I saw this movie and I really enjoyed it. I had never seen a Judy Holliday movie before and I was totally taken in by her charm and good acting. Dean Martin (a favorite of mine) showed his usual suave personality and I thought he was perfect for the role. The songs and the choreography are excellent. I just love the mood of this movie and its message of healthy humanism, whether or not it's something I really believe in. I like the scene where Judy and Dean say hello and introduce themselves to the man on the street. Also of note is Minnelli's smart direction. One of the best musicals of the 60s, sadly one of the last.


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