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Bells Are Ringing (1960)

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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!


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Release Date:

14 November 1960 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Det ringer, det ringer  »

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$2,203,123 (estimated)
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(Turner library print) (copyright length)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A song written for the picture, "My Guiding Star" (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green), sung by Dean Martin, was deleted. The vocal as filmed still exists and is featured on the DVD from Warner Home Video. See more »

Goofs

As Jeffrey Moss changes the paper as he works on the outline for "The Midas Touch," the carbon paper between the blank sheets is shiny-side up. This would give him a mirror image on the back side of the first sheet instead of an original and a copy, which as an experienced typist, he would surely know. See more »

Quotes

Ella: I'm going back where I can be me, at the Bonjour Tristese Brassiere Company!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Mu Cha Cha
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Judy Holliday, Doria Avila, and Ruth Storey
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A fine 60s musical, wish there were more like it
9 May 2001 | by (Oakland CA) – See 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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