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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:
Happy Holliday 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:
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:
Continuity: When Ella leaves with her suitcases, her hair is mussed from performing her song, but when she returns it is neatly in place again.See more »
Quotes:
Ella:I'm going back where I can be me, at the Bonjour Tristese Brassiere Company!See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm Going BackSee more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Happy Holliday, 26 October 2000
Author: marcslope

Made late in the cycle of great MGM musicals, with the reliable producer-director combo of Arthur Freed and Vincente Minnelli, this is a fairly clunky adaptation of a Broadway hit. Despite some location filming, it looks stagebound, and the stylized playing and jerrybuilt musical-comedy plot look false as hell. Some excellent musical numbers from the original are badly truncated or left out entirely, and what's left is grotesquely over-orchestrated. One senses that Minnelli, in particular, didn't trust the material--look at how quickly he dispenses with the "Mu-Cha-Cha" number, seemingly embarrassed by its musical-comedy silliness--and the supporting cast seems to be playing to the second balcony.

That's the bad news; now we get, thank heaven, to Judy Holliday. Having played this part on Broadway for two years and toured with it longer, she looks amazingly spontaneous. Given her health problems at the time, she looks happy and healthy. And while we can't expect to experience her legendary warmth and charisma as stage audiences did, it's an incomparable performance. Every reaction, every inflection, every seemingly improvised movement rings true and lends depth and poignancy to a paper-thin character traipsing around in a contrived plot. What a lesson for any young actor in transforming everyday material into something memorable. My favorite moment comes early, when she's reclining on a sofa and looks up dreamily and starts singing, a capella and with perfect naturalism, "I'm in love..." I'm in love, too, Judy. We miss you.

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