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


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14 November 1960 (Sweden)  »

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Esta rubia vale un millón  »

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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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Hal Linden's movie debut. He played the understudy for Sydney Chaplins' Jeffery Moss on Broadway and eventually performed the role with Judy Holliday. See more »

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At c.98 minutes Ella (Melisande) leaves the party by the back gate. This was locked when she and Jeffrey Moss arrived earlier that evening. See more »

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Ella: I'm going back where I can be me, at the Bonjour Tristese Brassiere Company!
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Just In Time
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Played during the opening credits
Performed by Dean Martin, Judy Holliday and Chorus
Played also as dance music
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A sweet musical romance
25 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If I really loved musicals, I would have probably scored the movie a 9. In fact, that I scored it as high as an 8 is an indication that, for the genre, it was a heck of a film. That's because the story apart from the songs is very sweet and romantic. Plus, the actors are so appealing and good that this certainly improved the film a lot. Judy Holliday was at her best and Dean Martin certainly was able to keep up with her and I really liked him more in this musical than as a comedian. Despite films like MATT HELM, he was a good actor and singer. Now, concerning the songs, it's rare that I have seen a musical with so many songs I have never heard before! But, after hearing them, I liked them a lot more than many of the more famous Rogers and Hammerstein musical scores from other pictures. This is because in addition to having nice music, the words were so often funny and charming. I particularly liked the song all the bookies sang as well as the name-dropping song! They were terrific.

The only thing is that watching the film I felt pretty depressed, as I knew that this was Ms. Holliday's last film--cancer limited her ability to act until she eventually succumbed six years later. It's a shame, as I loved her in so many wonderful films.


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