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Bells Are Ringing (1960)

Ella Peterson (Judy Holliday recreating her Broadway role in her last film) is a lonely Brooklyn telephone answering service operator – working for ‘Susanswerphone’ – 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, Plaza 0-double four, double nine – that’s the number of playwright Jeffrey Moss (Dean Martin) – 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.”

Frank Gorshin co-stars as method actor Blake Barton, who is an obvious spoof of Marlon Brando.

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.

The original Broadway production opened at the Shubert Theater (moving later to the Alvin Theater) on 29 November 1956 and played for 924 performances through to 7 March 1959.

Ella Peterson
Judy Holliday
Jeffrey Moss
Dean Martin
Larry Hastings
Fred Clark
J. Otto Prantz
Eddie Foy Jr
Sue
Jean Stapleton
Gwynne
Ruth Storey
Inspector Barnes
Dort Clark
Blake Barton
Frank Gorshin
Francis
Ralph Roberts
Olga
Valerie Allen
Dr Joe Kitchell
Bernard West

Director
Vincente Minnelli