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Bells Are Ringing (1960)

A Brooklyn answering service operator becomes involved in the lives of her clients, including a struggling playwright with whom she begins to fall in love.

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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:

Esta rubia vale un millón  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,203,123 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jeffrey Moss's phone was the brand new Princess model, just introduced by the Bell System in 1959, the same year this movie was filmed. See more »

Goofs

While Jeff is singing "I Met a Girl," various people in the background can be see mouthing the words along with him. See more »

Quotes

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

Joan Staley in the credits as " Blonde in Susanswerphone Ad". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Going Back
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Judy Holliday
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A treat for fans of the stars
24 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Fans of Dean Martino and Judy Holliday (né Tuvim) will enjoy this musical. I am a fan of both of them so I could overlook the awkward staging of the Susanswerphone set, the believeability of Maritn as a writer and the dead weight of the subplot involving the racketeers. Still there are some well-sung songs and good, if not great chemistry, between the stars. For non-fans: 6/10. For fans: 7/10.


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