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Bells Are Ringing ()


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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.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
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Ella Peterson
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Jeffrey Moss
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Larry Hastings
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J. Otto Prantz
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Sue
Ruth Storey ...
Gwynne
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Inspector Barnes
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Blake Barton
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Francis
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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)
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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)
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Woman on Street (uncredited)
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Ludwig Smiley (uncredited)
Lela Bliss ...
Dowager Art Lover Party Guest (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ...
Mike - Coffee Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
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Irate Pedestrian (uncredited)
John Bryant ...
Doorman (uncredited)
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Subway Passenger (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Sue Casey ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Helen Chapman ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Richard Collier ...
Peanut Eater (uncredited)
Jimmy Cross ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ...
Cop (uncredited)
Joan Dupuis ...
Actress (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Singing Voice of Tommy Farrell (uncredited) (voice)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Jeanne Gerson ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Bill Giorgio ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
Jacqueline Green ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Christian Haren ...
Actor (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Barbara Hines ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Man in Park (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Mark Houston ...
Actor (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
John Indrisano ...
Bookie (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)
Michael Johnson ...
Actor (uncredited)
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Telephone Man (uncredited)
Sally Ann Jones ...
Actress (uncredited)
June Kirby ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
William Kirschner ...
Man with Kitchell (uncredited)
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Mme. Grimaldi (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Pratfalling Party Guest (uncredited)
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Charlie Bessemer (uncredited)
Buddy Lewis ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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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)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Eugene McCarthy ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Janitor (uncredited)
Joe McTurk ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Johnny Melfi ...
Actor (uncredited)
Shepard Menken ...
Narrator of Susanswerphone Ad (uncredited) (voice)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Beatnik Actor (uncredited)
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Girl Reading Book (uncredited)
Jean Moorhead ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Pedestrian Next to Barney Lampwick (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Carole Perkins ...
Girl in Cluttered Room (uncredited)
Ruth Perrott ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Olga (uncredited) (voice)
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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)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Della Sharman ...
Actress (uncredited)
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Nervous Man (uncredited)
Helen Spring ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Tony Springer ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Blonde in Susanswerphone Ad (uncredited)
Steve Stevens ...
Actor (uncredited)
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Blind Bookie (uncredited)
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Barney Lampwick (uncredited)
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Bookie (uncredited)
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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

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Vincente Minnelli

Written by

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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

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Arthur Freed ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Jule Styne

Cinematography by

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Milton R. Krasner ... director of photography (as Milton Krasner)

Film Editing by

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Adrienne Fazan ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Charles K. Hagedon ... color consultant
Al Wilson ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Don McElwaine ... (uncredited)
Bobby Webb ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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E. Preston Ames ... (as Preston Ames)
George W. Davis

Set Decoration by

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F. Keogh Gleason ... (set decorations) (as Keogh Gleason)
Henry Grace ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Walter Plunkett ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
William Tuttle ... makeup creator
Jane Gorton ... hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management

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Dave Friedman ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William McGarry ... assistant director
Ted Butcher ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Geoffrey Davis ... prop man (uncredited)
Harry Lazzarre ... prop man (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Franklin Milton ... recording supervisor
Van Allen James ... sound editor (uncredited)
Conrad Kahn ... sound mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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A. Arnold Gillespie ... special effects
Lee LeBlanc ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Russel B. Caplan ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Evelyn Rickart ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)

Music Department

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Betty Comden ... lyricist / lyricist: musical play
Alexander Courage ... orchestrator
Adolph Green ... lyricist / lyricist: musical play
Pete King ... orchestrator
André Previn ... conductor / music adaptor
Jule Styne ... music: musical play
Roger Spiker ... pianist: rehearsal (uncredited)

Other crew

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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)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines The screen is singing M.G.M. is bringing Broadway's Bell-Ringer of a Musical to the World! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un numéro du tonnerre (France)
  • Suena el teléfono (Spain)
  • Esta rubia vale un millón (Argentina)
  • Susanna agenzia squillo (Italy)
  • Esta rubia vale un millón (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 126 min
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Budget $2,203,123 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The building that housed the phone answering service was a unique old building that was the only one on the block. Steven Spielberg used it 25 years later for the setting of *batteries not included (1987) which was supposedly owned by the only holdout in the middle of a construction project. See more »
Goofs Ella's red shoes change from 2 inch heels (in the Cha Cha Cha and Just in Time numbers) to 3 inch heels for the non-dancing sequences in between and afterwards. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Bells Are Ringing See more »
Crazy Credits Joan Staley in the credits as "Blonde in Susanswerphone Ad". 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!
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