Bells Are Ringing (1960)


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Movie Info

Judy Holliday re-creates her Broadway role of flibbertigibbet telephone operator Ella Peterson in Bells are Ringing. Ella works for Susanswerphone, a hole-in-the-wall answering service run by her cousin Sue (Jean Stapleton). Our girl Ella can't help but become involved in the lives of her customers, which brings her to the attention of a dimwitted police detective, Barnes (Dort Clark), who suspects that Susanswerphone is a front for a house of ill repute. The cop is so obtuse that he never … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Betty Comden, Adolph Green
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 15, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


as Ella Peterson

as Jeffrey Moss

as Larry Hastings

as J. Otto Prantz

as Insp. Barnes

as Blake Barton

as Francis

as Dr. Joe Kitchell

as First gangster

as Ella's blind date

as Katherine Arnold
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Critic Reviews for Bells Are Ringing

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Has too much plot and not enough music or comedy.

Full Review… | September 13, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Minnelli's last collaboration with Arthur Freed is an old-fashioned, moderately entertaining musical that suffers from lack of chemistry between Judy Holliday and Dean Martin.

Full Review… | July 27, 2009

Inventive, emotionally involving and visually stylish musical.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Bells Are Ringing

Sweet, good natured comedy. Wonderful supporting cast but the shining light of the whole thing is Judy Holliday a truly unique talent. She glows when ever she's on screen. Sadly this was her last film. A real loss.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I really liked Holliday in this movie, her last, it's fun and has good songs. The story is funny and romantic, and I recommend this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Moments of genius, moments of complete stupidity.

Judy Holliday was fantastic, but I found the film real uneven. I bet on stage it would work a lot better. The police story line was especially cringe inducing. However there was great physical comedy shtick

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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