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Bells Are Ringing (1960)

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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 »

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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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Release Date:

14 November 1960 (Sweden)  »

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Bells Are Ringing  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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The building that housed the phone answering service was a unique old building that was the only one on the block. Steven Spielberg used it 25 years later for the setting of *batteries not included (1987) which was supposedly owned by the only holdout in the middle of a construction project. See more »

Goofs

When Beethoven's "10th Symphony" is questioned (c.70 minutes) the equally incorrect musical goof, "Opus 6" is not mentioned as also highly suspicious. 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!
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Soundtracks

Bells Are Ringing
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by MGM Studio Orchestra and Chorus during the opening credits and at the end
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Delightful surprise of a movie
24 July 1999 | by (Pine Bluff, Ark.) – See all my reviews

I found Bells Are Ringing accidentally when I was researching another film project and it has become a favorite. While Holliday is sparkling in her role, it is Martin's low-key reactions (which are, of course, what made him such a great straight man) that send me back to watch the film again and again. It's a "don't-miss" for fans of Holliday, Martin and the musical comedy - heavy on the comedy - genre.


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