Writer Nick and his wife Emily are expecting their first child. When a necessary home repair proves too costly to afford, Nick must swallow his pride and visit his father, a proud immigrant... See full summary »
Dave Hirsch, a writer and an army veteran winds up in his small Indiana hometown, to the dismay of his respectable older brother. He meets and befriends various different characters and tries to figure out what to do with his life.
In order to get back into the good graces with his wife with whom he has had a misunderstanding, a young chemistry professor concocts a wild story that he is an undercover FBI agent. To ... See full summary »
Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master ... See full summary »
Ella Peterson is a Brooklyn telephone answering service operator 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, the playwright Jeffrey Moss, 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."Written by
Ella sings about going back to the Bonjour Tristesse Brassiere Company. The novel "Bonjour Tristesse" (French: "Hello Sadness") by Françoise Sagan was published in 1954, and was translated into English in 1955. It was considered quite racy, sort of a "Fifty Shades Of Gray" for the time. Because of this, the phrase took on a salacious connotation in the U.S. See more »
After Ella jumps on Jeffrey on the couch and begins kissing him, a moving shadow of the camera falls across them as it moves to the right. See more »
Hey, Titanic Records - is that a new label?
J. Otto Prantz:
We have only the finest European recordings.
Oh, Brandenburg Number Three. I have the Leonard Bernstein recording. Who's on your label?
J. Otto Prantz:
The Dusseldorf Zuider Zee Moonlight Hanseatic League Symphony on the Karlsruhe.
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Since the play, "Laurette," was never realized, the movie version of "Bells are Ringing" serves as Judy Holliday's "final" performance.
It's to her credit that she comes off as well as she does. The film is extremely stagey, and looks contrived and bloated, despite a most competent cast and director.
Yet Holliday is buoyant, full of fun, and energetic--all hallmarks of her theatrical persona.
I've read Holliday's complete bio, and am amazed she was able to overcome the tremendous obstacles she endured, from her sad childhood and family relationship through the communist "witch hunt" period--which left her saddled with protest pickets that followed her around--to failed marriages, lack of employment, and care giving responsibilities for her child and parent. All the while working wherever she could and keep smiling.
In many respects her career is quite similar to that of Montgomery Clift. Both apparently gave their best work on the stage, night after night before live audiences, rather than on film. Had both stayed in the theatre, their respective careers and lives might have remained more stable and healthy--and be alive today.
"Bells are Ringing" is a final tribute to a great talent, an Oscar-winning actress and comedienne who graced the stage and screen with a radiant presence and winning demeanor. Fortunately, as long as her films are shown, Judy Holliday will live and be rediscovered by future generations.
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