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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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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:

Esta rubia vale un millón See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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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

Eddie Foy Jr.'s character, Otto Kreunz, was named Sandor in the original Broadway version. Sandor was also the name of a villain from one of the old serials from the 1930s and '40s, so the name had to be changed for the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the song "Simple Little System" a background extra dressed as a maid is reading all the song lyrics from her book. This same extra (who is in the center of the frame all the way in the back at the very end of song forgets to drop her book on the word "System" with everyone else then drops it several beats later then doesn't shake her hands on the last note and doesn't freeze in final pose to wait for "cut" and drops her hands then tries to sneak them back up in the air. See more »

Quotes

Ella: Did you ever try wearin' a suit?
Blake Barton: A suit?
Ella: A suit - s, u, t.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Gigi (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Drop That Name
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Judy Holliday and Chorus
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A treat for fans of the stars
24 June 2003 | by perfectbondSee 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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