Bells Are Ringing
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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 notices the story's genuine criminal, a flamboyant German bookie (Eddie Foy Jr.) who poses as a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Has too much plot and not enough music or comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a wonderful film"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"One of the most undervalued of musicals."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Inventive, emotionally involving and visually stylish musical."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Never translates into anything cinematic."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
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