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Bells Are Ringing -- Ella works for Susanswerphone, a hole-in-the-wall answering service run by her cousin Sue, but our girl Ella can't help but become involved in the lives of her customers.

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Director:
Writers:
Betty Comden (screen play) and
Adolph Green (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
14 November 1960 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Ella Peterson is a Brooklyn telephone answering service operator who tries to improve the lives of her... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great Actress' Swansong See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Holliday ... Ella Peterson

Dean Martin ... Jeffrey Moss

Fred Clark ... Larry Hastings
Eddie Foy Jr. ... J. Otto Prantz

Jean Stapleton ... Sue
Ruth Storey ... Gwynne

Dort Clark ... Inspector Barnes

Frank Gorshin ... Blake Barton

Ralph Roberts ... Francis
Valerie Allen ... Olga
Bernard West ... Dr. Joe Kitchell (as Bernie West)
Steve Peck ... Gangster (as Steven Peck)
Gerry Mulligan ... Ella's Blind Date
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Ames ... Bernie Dunstock (uncredited)
Suzanne Ames ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Nancy Anderson ... Actress (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Jan Arvan ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Susan Avery ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Doria Avila ... Carl (uncredited)
Micki Barlow ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Rayford Barnes ... Bookie (uncredited)
Irene Barton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Virginia Bates ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Rodney Bell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Nick - Hood (uncredited)
Madge Blake ... Woman on Street (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Ludwig Smiley (uncredited)
Lela Bliss ... Dowager Art Lover Party Guest (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Mike - Coffee Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
Leonard Bremen ... Irate Pedestrian (uncredited)
John Bryant ... Doorman (uncredited)
Robert Cabal ... Subway Passenger (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Helen Chapman ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Marian Collier ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Richard Collier ... Peanut Eater (uncredited)
Jimmy Cross ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Donna Douglas ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Cop (uncredited)
Joan Dupuis ... Actress (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Singing Voice of Tommy Farrell (voice) (uncredited)
Leona Gage ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jeanne Gerson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bill Giorgio ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Bartender (uncredited)
Jacqueline Green ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Christian Haren ... Actor (uncredited)
John Hart ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Barbara Hines ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Holland ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Man in Park (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mark Houston ... Actor (uncredited)
William Hudson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Bookie (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Cop (uncredited)
Michael Johnson ... Actor (uncredited)
Morgan Jones ... Telephone Man (uncredited)
Sally Ann Jones ... Actress (uncredited)
June Kirby ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William Kirschner ... Man with Kitchell (uncredited)
Marina Koshetz ... Mme. Grimaldi (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gil Lamb ... Pratfalling Party Guest (uncredited)

Len Lesser ... Charlie Bessemer (uncredited)
Buddy Lewis ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Hal Linden ... Singer of 'The Midas Touch' (uncredited)
Margie Liszt ... Mrs. Mollett (uncredited)
Donna Lynne ... Girl Walking (uncredited)
Evan MacNeil ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Paul Maxwell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Eugene McCarthy ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Janitor (uncredited)
Joe McTurk ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Johnny Melfi ... Actor (uncredited)
Shepard Menken ... Narrator of Susanswerphone Ad (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Mitchell ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Titus Moede ... Beatnik Actor (uncredited)

Elizabeth Montgomery ... Girl Reading Book (uncredited)
Jean Moorhead ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Pedestrian Next to Barney Lampwick (uncredited)
Robert Patten ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Carole Perkins ... Girl in Cluttered Room (uncredited)
Ruth Perrott ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Mae Questel ... Olga (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Richards ... Barney Lampwick's Friend - Man on Street (uncredited)
Nina Roman ... Actress (uncredited)
Virginia Rose ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Don Ross ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Karen Scott ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Pamela Searle ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Maida Severn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Della Sharman ... Actress (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... Nervous Man (uncredited)
Helen Spring ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Tony Springer ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Joan Staley ... Blonde in Susanswerphone Ad (uncredited)
Steve Stevens ... Actor (uncredited)

George E. Stone ... Blind Bookie (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Barney Lampwick (uncredited)
Joseph Vitale ... Bookie (uncredited)
Nancy Walters ... Katherine Arnold (uncredited)
Chris Warfield ... Young Man on Street (uncredited)
Sandy Warner ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sammy White ... Vendor (uncredited)
Wendy Wilde ... Actress (uncredited)
Doris Wiss ... Actress (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
Betty Comden (screen play) and
Adolph Green (screen play)

Betty Comden (musical play "Bells Are Ringing") and
Adolph Green (musical play "Bells Are Ringing")

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jule Styne 
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan (film editor)
 
Casting by
Don McElwaine (uncredited)
Bobby Webb (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
George W. Davis 
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason (set decorations) (as Keogh Gleason)
Henry Grace (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Jane Gorton .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
Ted Butcher .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Geoffrey Davis .... prop man (uncredited)
Harry Lazzarre .... prop man (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Conrad Kahn .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Virgil Apger .... stillman (uncredited)
Roland Bultken .... best boy (uncredited)
Henry Forrester .... grip (uncredited)
Fred J. Koenekamp .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Koons .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Wes Shanks .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Russel B. Caplan .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Evelyn Rickart .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Al Wilson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Betty Comden .... lyricist
Betty Comden .... lyricist: musical play
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Adolph Green .... lyricist
Adolph Green .... lyricist: musical play
Pete King .... orchestrator
André Previn .... conductor
André Previn .... music adaptor
Jule Styne .... music: musical play
Roger Spiker .... pianist: rehearsal (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charles O'Curran .... choreographer
Bea Allen .... dance-in (uncredited)
Jay Gerard .... stand-in: Dean Martin (uncredited)
Lyn Murray .... voice coach (uncredited)
Bill Ryan .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Emily Torchia .... publicist (uncredited)
Amalia Wade .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Dominic Williams .... craft (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Theatre Guild  presented on the stage by (as The Theatre Guild)

Additional Details

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Runtime:
126 min (Turner library print) (copyright length)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: After she talks on the phone to Jeffrey Moss, Ella stands up from the switchboard and walks around the room singing. When she returns the switchboard has changed place.See more »
Quotes:
Ella:I'm going back where I can be me, at the Bonjour Tristese Brassiere Company!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Do It YourselfSee more »

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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Great Actress' Swansong, 3 May 2004
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio

Since the play, "Laurette," was never realized, the movie version of "Bells are Ringing" serves as Judy Holliday's "final" performance.

It's to her credit that she comes off as well as she does. The film is extremely stagey, and looks contrived and bloated, despite a most competent cast and director.

Yet Holliday is buoyant, full of fun, and energetic--all hallmarks of her theatrical persona.

I've read Holliday's complete bio, and am amazed she was able to overcome the tremendous obstacles she endured, from her sad childhood and family relationship through the communist "witch hunt" period--which left her saddled with protest pickets that followed her around--to failed marriages, lack of employment, and care giving responsibilities for her child and parent. All the while working wherever she could and keep smiling.

In many respects her career is quite similar to that of Montgomery Clift. Both apparently gave their best work on the stage, night after night before live audiences, rather than on film. Had both stayed in the theatre, their respective careers and lives might have remained more stable and healthy--and be alive today.

"Bells are Ringing" is a final tribute to a great talent, an Oscar-winning actress and comedienne who graced the stage and screen with a radiant presence and winning demeanor. Fortunately, as long as her films are shown, Judy Holliday will live and be rediscovered by future generations.

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