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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.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Betty Comden (screen play), Adolph Green (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Holliday ... Ella Peterson
Dean Martin ... Jeffrey Moss
Fred Clark ... Larry Hastings
Eddie Foy Jr. ... J. Otto Prantz
Jean Stapleton ... Sue
Ruth Storey Ruth Storey ... Gwynne
Dort Clark ... Inspector Barnes
Frank Gorshin ... Blake Barton
Ralph Roberts ... Francis
Valerie Allen ... Olga
Bernard West Bernard West ... Dr. Joe Kitchell (as Bernie West)
Steve Peck Steve Peck ... Gangster (as Steven Peck)
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan ... Ella's Blind Date
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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!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 November 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bells Are Ringing See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Gorshin (Blake Barton) is doing an impression of Marlon Brando. Gorshin was one of Hollywood's greatest impressionists, along with Rich Little. He would become famous for playing "The Riddler" on Batman (1966), appearing in ten episodes, and a role for which he was nominated for an Emmy. See more »

Goofs

During the "gathering of the bookies" scene in a basement, Eddie Foy Jr.'s speech is backed up with the hissing of steam and the clinking of pipes. As soon as the pre-recording of "A Simple Little System" begins, all vestiges of the hissing of steam and the clinking of pipes miraculously cease until the final fade-out. See more »

Quotes

Carl: Hey, Titanic Records - is that a new label?
J. Otto Prantz: We have only the finest European recordings.
Carl: Oh, Brandenburg Number Three. I have the Leonard Bernstein recording. Who's on your label?
J. Otto Prantz: The Dusseldorf Zuider Zee Moonlight Hanseatic League Symphony on the Karlsruhe.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Musicals of the 60's (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Midas Touch
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Hal Linden and Chorus
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Delightful surprise of a movie
24 July 1999 | by bianca-13See all my reviews

I found Bells Are Ringing accidentally when I was researching another film project and it has become a favorite. While Holliday is sparkling in her role, it is Martin's low-key reactions (which are, of course, what made him such a great straight man) that send me back to watch the film again and again. It's a "don't-miss" for fans of Holliday, Martin and the musical comedy - heavy on the comedy - genre.


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