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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.

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Judy Holliday
as Ella Peterson
Dean Martin
as Jeffrey Moss
Fred Clark
as Larry Hastings
Eddie Foy Jr.
as J. Otto Prantz
Dort Clark
as Insp. Barnes
Frank Gorshin
as Blake Barton
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 (11) | Top Critics (2)

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.

November 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Never translates into anything cinematic.

March 14, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The offbeat charm, comic sense and assorted show-business talents of Judy Holliday constitute the prime reason why Hollywood's edition of the Broadway musical is well worth seeing.

October 23, 2019 | Full Review…

With plenty of memorable musical numbers, fun characters and a zany plot with a satisfying ending, Bells Are Ringing (1960) is sure to please.

November 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Has too much plot and not enough music or comedy.

September 13, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

July 27, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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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