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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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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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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

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

During the "gathering of the bookies" scene in a basement, Eddie Foy Jr.'s speech is backed up with the hissing of steam and the clinking of pipes. As soon as the pre-recording of "A Simple Little System" begins, all vestiges of the hissing of steam and the clinking of pipes miraculously cease until the final fade-out. See more »

Quotes

Ella: I'm going back where I can be me, at the Bonjour Tristese Brassiere Company!
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Soundtracks

It's a Simple Little System
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Eddie Foy Jr. and Chorus
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A warm and witty film that is nearly a classic.
20 July 1999 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Judy Holiday is enough to justify watching any film, and she is as splendid as ever here. Dean Martin is either wonderful or awful and manages the former quite comfortably. Sadly the plot and the score let these two stars down. The chemistry between Martin and Holiday is wonderful and gives the film a warmth and an innocence that is exceedingly appealing forty years on, the fact that this was Ms Holiday's last film adding to the pathos.

You'll enjoy watching and it will raise several smiles so it has to be a good film.....it is just sad that the plot and score stop a good film becoming the classic which its cast deserved.


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