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Bells Are Ringing (1960)

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This musical comedy is the film version of the hit Broadway play. Starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin, Bells Are Ringing scored with a few hit songs, most notably the moody finale "The Party's Over." The screenplay was done by Betty Comden and Adolph Green who also wrote the play, and was directed by Vincent Minnelli.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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In Theaters:
 wide
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Runtime:
Studio:
MGM Home Entertainment

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Cast

Judy Holliday
as Ella Peterson
Dean Martin
as Jeffrey Moss
Fred Clark
as Larry Hastings
Eddie Foy Jr.
as J. Otto Prantz
Ruth Storey
as Gwynne
Dort Clark
as Insp. Barnes
Frank Gorshin
as Blake Barton
Ralph Roberts
as Francis
Bernie West
as Dr. Joe Kitchell
Steven Peck
as First gangster
Gerry Mulligan
as Ella's blind date
Nancy Walters
as Katherine Arnold
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Critic Reviews for Bells Are Ringing

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Vincente Minnelli makes use of the wide screen with graceful, fluid movement, and he helps Martin anchor his usual breeziness with just the right amount of anxiety.

Full Review… | November 21, 2016
New Yorker
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
EmanuelLevy.Com

Inventive, emotionally involving and visually stylish musical.

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

a wonderful film

July 21, 2006
DVDLaser

One of Hollywood's last old-fashioned Broadway adaptations, with Holliday as endearing as ever. Not exactly Minnelli's finest, but well worth catching for musicals fans.

March 17, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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
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
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
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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