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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:
Tagline:
The screen is singing M.G.M. is bringing Broadway's Bell-Ringer of a Musical to the World!
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:
A sweet musical romance 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)
Sandra 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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Ella tells Jeff that she used to procrastinate by sharpening her Ticonderoga pencil down to the T (or rather the "tuh"). However, Dixon Ticonderoga say that their pencils have always read from point to eraser, so the T would be the *first* letter to disappear.See more »
Quotes:
Ella:I'm in love with a man - Plaza Oh- Double four- Double Three. What a perfect relationship - I can't see him, he can't see me!See more »
Soundtrack:
Mu Cha ChaSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A sweet musical romance, 25 July 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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