MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 23,277 this week

Bells Are Ringing (1960)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 1,790 users  
Reviews: 28 user | 13 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 19 Oct 2010
 
a list of 36 titles
created 11 Apr 2011
 
list image
a list of 22 titles
created 02 Jun 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 06 Aug 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bells Are Ringing (1960)

Bells Are Ringing (1960) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bells Are Ringing.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Annie Oakley (1935)
Biography | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A romanticized biography of the famous sharpshooter.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Melvyn Douglas
King of Kings (1961)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The life of Jesus Christ.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Union ex-officer plans to sell up to Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancee, but the low price offered by Anchor's crippled owner and the outfit's bully-boy tactics make him think ... See full summary »

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice gave offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era to see and for the first time can ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Adolfi
Stars: Frank Fay, William Courtenay, H.B. Warner
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Ward Bond
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Four very different college girls drive to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break and seek out various adventures and romance for themselves.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux
Forty Guns (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An authoritarian rancher, Barbara Stanwyck, who rules an Arizona county with her private posse of hired guns. When a new marshall arrives to set things straight, the cattle queen finds ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Tony Randall, Eddie Hodges, Archie Moore
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Drama critic Larry McKay, his wife Kay, and their four sons move from their crowded Manhattan apartment to an old house in the country. While housewife Kay settles into suburban life, Larry... See full summary »

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige
BUtterfield 8 (1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The romantic life of a fashionable Manhattan beauty who's part model, part call-girl--and all man-trap.

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Eddie Fisher
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A clergyman leaves the priesthood over the church's indifferent position during the Spanish Civil War but finds himself attracted to a beautiful entertainer.

Director: Nunnally Johnson
Stars: Ava Gardner, Dirk Bogarde, Joseph Cotten
Trooper Hook (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After a band of Indians kill a group of soldiers, Sergeant Hook captures them and their leader Nanches. Among the prisoners is Nanches' son and the boy's white mother captured by them nine ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Marquis Warren
Stars: Joel McCrea, Barbara Stanwyck, Earl Holliman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Larry Hastings
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
J. Otto Prantz
...
Sue
Ruth Storey ...
Gwynne
...
Inspector Barnes
...
Blake Barton
...
Francis
Valerie Allen ...
Olga
Bernard West ...
Dr. Joe Kitchell (as Bernie West)
Steve Peck ...
Gangster (as Steven Peck)
Gerry Mulligan ...
Ella's Blind Date
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

14 November 1960 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Bells Are Ringing  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,203,123 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Is It a Crime?" (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green), sung and recited as a comic inspirational message by Judy Holliday to Dort Clark, was deleted from this movie. The routine as shot still exists and can be watched on the DVD issued by Warner Home Video See more »

Goofs

When Jeffrey cleans a spot on the mirror, his left hand is leaning on the wall next the mirror. In the following shot his left arm is by his side. See more »

Quotes

Ella: I'm in love with a man - Plaza Oh- Double four- Double Three. What a perfect relationship - I can't see him, he can't see me!
See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Party's Over
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Judy Holliday and Chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great Actress' Swansong
3 May 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Since the play, "Laurette," was never realized, the movie version of "Bells are Ringing" serves as Judy Holliday's "final" performance.

It's to her credit that she comes off as well as she does. The film is extremely stagey, and looks contrived and bloated, despite a most competent cast and director.

Yet Holliday is buoyant, full of fun, and energetic--all hallmarks of her theatrical persona.

I've read Holliday's complete bio, and am amazed she was able to overcome the tremendous obstacles she endured, from her sad childhood and family relationship through the communist "witch hunt" period--which left her saddled with protest pickets that followed her around--to failed marriages, lack of employment, and care giving responsibilities for her child and parent. All the while working wherever she could and keep smiling.

In many respects her career is quite similar to that of Montgomery Clift. Both apparently gave their best work on the stage, night after night before live audiences, rather than on film. Had both stayed in the theatre, their respective careers and lives might have remained more stable and healthy--and be alive today.

"Bells are Ringing" is a final tribute to a great talent, an Oscar-winning actress and comedienne who graced the stage and screen with a radiant presence and winning demeanor. Fortunately, as long as her films are shown, Judy Holliday will live and be rediscovered by future generations.


22 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Diversity dmnemaine
Does anyone else like "Bells are Ringing"? babybear0ers
Who played CARL??? Jessica-656
I LOVE this movie harposboy
Locations? banjoboy
46 years and still the same voice! angelroom
Discuss Bells Are Ringing (1960) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?